Shireen and Atafeh form a close friendship, and on the weekends they escape to underground parties in Tehran, held in abandoned warehouses and private apartments, where they can throw off their headscarves, drink cocktails and dance.
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Allowing such sequences to play out in extended takes that favor the acting over the scenery, Lelouch coaxes good turns out of his cast in these moments, especially from leading ladies Bonnaire and Jacob.
Likewise, singers Hallyday and Mitchell -- both of whom are no strangers to the screen, the former having starred in films by Jean-Luc Godard and Johnnie To -- make for a convincing duo, even if Hallyday’s weathered, nearly immobile face is often hard to read and rarely changes expressions.
There’ll be women there in hijab who I assume would hate the movie – and they’ve loved it.
People who don’t like the film say I’m ruining their culture. She doesn’t live in Iran all the time’.” That last point is a fair one.