Tenants, The (Ejare Neshinha)



Directed by: Dariush Mehrjui

(? mins) "Set in a low-rise in the suburbs of Tehran, "The Tenants" is a surprising, albeit
labored, social satire imported from Iran. Abbas is an apartment building manager in
league with a realtor who plans to illegally evict the tenants and sell the building out from
under them. But apartments, even with broken pipes and leaking sewage, are hard to find
in the crowded metropolis, and the tenants, a tenacious and varied lot, won't budge. Then
a rival real estate agent persuades the tenants to band together and they hire a
construction crew to start making badly needed repairs on the rapidly disintegrating
property. The ensuing slapstick affords a mostly secular look at life in the Islamic
republic, where the bickering just never seems to stop." [Washington Post]

In Farsi with English subtitles.