African Violet

African Violet

Banafsheh Afrighaei
Directed by Mona Zandi Haghighi
Iran | 2019 | Narrative
93 minutes | Persian
Available Nov. 5-22
Available in the U.S. and Canada

Middle-age Shokoo finds out that her elderly ex-husband, Fereydoun, has been placed in a nursing home by their children. With second husband Reza, she decides to remove Fereydoun from the facility and take care of him in their own home. By bringing her ex back into her life, the relationship between Shokoo and Fereydoun — which had been acrimonious during their divorce — is significantly transformed. This new situation inevitably affects Reza and Shokoo’s own daily existence, and the unexpected changes soon alter the lives of all three characters. Film Festival Today writes: “The entire film is beautifully photographed by cinematographer Farhad Saba, who captures the vibrant colors of Shokoo’s threads, the weathered lines of everyone’s faces and the fading petals of the titular flower (Fereydoun’s favorite) with equal intensity. More than just an intimate family drama (though a gripping one at that), ‘African Violet’ transcends its singular setting to become a universal meditation on the bonds that tie us all together in our collective human experience. May the violet bloom forever.”