A Very Ordinary Citizen Director: Majid Barzegar

MAJID BARZEGAR / 2015 / IRAN / 103 MINUTES / FARSI with English subtitles / TORONTO PREMIERE / FILM RATING 18A


It is autumn in Tehran. Mr. Safari is in his 80s, and his daily routine involves purchasing a fresh loaf of sangak break and delivering it to a home where the gift seems conspicuously unwelcome. What is Mr. Safari up to? Why does he not answer his phone when his son calls? Is he displaying a conveniently selective form of dementia? What is in this man’s past that might account for his actions, which so gradually evolve from eccentric to obsessive to something verging on sinister? Co-written by Taxi’s Jafar Panahi, Majid Barzegar’s film is as puzzling, deliberate and fascinating as the old man himself.