Under the Shadow

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Under the Shadow 

[ Rialto / DVD ]

Release Date: Wednesday 25 January 2017

Rated: M - Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993M Horror and supernatural themes

As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war-torn Tehran of the 1980s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home.

Language: Farsi with English subtitles

"Eerie… [a] delectable, increasingly unnervingshiverfest." - NY Times

"Infused with autobiographical elements, Babak Anvari's debut feature is a terrifying allegory of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War, a now often overlooked conflict that shaped much of this London-based Iranian filmmaker's early childhood.

A constantly shifting expressionistic nightmare, Under the Shadow centers upon Shideh (Narges Rashidi), a frustrated mother unable to fulfill her career aspirations because of her former political activism. When her doctor husband is drafted, Shideh is left alone with her daughter Dorsa and must protect her from supernatural phenomena brought upon their Tehran apartment by a missile attack.

At first skeptical of ghost stories, Shideh slowly realizes that her home is haunted and gets sucked into a web of paranoia wherein malevolent djinn mess with her mind. Like any insightful work of horror, Anvari's film leaves it to the viewer to decide whether the supernatural threat is a shared reality or no more than a psychosomatic symptom - a harrowing projection of the protagonist's deranged psyche." - Yonca Talu, Film Comment

Watch the trailer via Youtube