No Date, No Signature
(Iran/2017—directed by Vahid Jalivand)
A seemingly minor traffic collision has far-reaching consequences in this tale of a well-meaning medical examiner haunted by a death that he believes he could have prevented. As details unfold, No Date, No Signature becomes ever richer and more complex, revealing itself as a study in ethical nuance, as well as a gripping psychological drama of morality and class dynamics in modern Iran.
In what is only his second film, director Vahid Jalilvand conjures the immersive storytelling power of masters such as Asghar Farhadi (A Separation), coaxing brilliantly understated performances from a superb cast in a compelling and sensitive meditation on guilt and grief. Prizes for Best Director and Best Actor (Navid Mohammadzadeh), 2017 Venice Film Festival. In Farsi with English subtitles. (104 mins.)
“An exceptionally well-played drama exploring culpability in a society playing on the edge of the rule of law. Every word packs a punch.”-Jay Weissberg, Variety
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