The Royal Starr Film Festival, an international four day movie gala celebrated in downtown Royal Oak, Michigan, kicks off its sophomore season this October featuring more than 100 screenings of shorts, features, & documentaries. [F-b02-s01]
The Descentants (Yaser Talebi / Iran) the quiet life of Jacob and his wife which becomes entangled with worries about their son Farrokh, who left Iran to continue his studies—he has not been in touch with them for a long time, and now the father embarks on an Odyssey-like journey to find him.
Yaser Talebi was born in Sari, North of Iran, in 1982. Yaser Talebi is an Iranian film director, producer, screenwriter, Editor, and a documentary director. Yaser Talebi is known as a documentarian who makes poetic and social environmental films. He already teaches in movie training institutes and makes documentary series and telefilm for Iranian TV channels. He travels around his home town meeting its people and exploring the environment, history and culture of the different regions. He has been famous as an innovative and creative director and aesthetic expert. He has been the planner and advisor in many advertisement projects for big companies. Beside producing and directing advertisement trailers, he teaches directing and editing courses. He has also worked as cameraman and editor in many projects. Yaser Talebi is also an active member of Iranian Documentary Filmmakers Association (IRDFA).
This is a fairly dark film for adults. There is no profanity nor violence, but the themes are mature. An elderly father who teaches painting at a university in Iran deals with severe grief that his wife experiences after their son moves to Sweden and is not heard from for two months. The son, in his mid-twenties, had been studying in Greece, then informed his parents that he got a full scholarship to Sweden and is moving there. That's the last time his parents heard from him.
When his wife's despair drives her to a crisis that leaves her physically disabled, the elderly father goes to Sweden to find the son. The rest of the film is a beautifully filmed moving story of the father searching for his adult son. The university has no record of the son. The address his son had provided the parents turns out to be an empty apartment and the phone number is a phone booth. In the end, the father finds his son in a mental hospital and takes him home.
The film is a personal and real exploration of the plight of immigrants away from home: they hope to find a better life, become successful so they can help their parents back home, and in the end they end up destitute and desperate, too ashamed to return home. If I had to assign an age group to this film, I would say 17 and up, though that would be a bit of a stretch.
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