Best of Venice: Talking Melbourne with Payman Maadi and Nima Javidi

September 5, 2014 1:39 PM

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Best of Venice: Talking Melbourne with Payman Maadi and Nima Javidi

Kicking off the International Critics' Week sidebar of the Venice Film Festival, Iranian film Melbourne set the tone for all great things, and movies to come for me. Melbourne starts off with a census collector knocking at the door of a couple's apartment in Tehran, they are on their way to study in Australia and within twenty minutes, turns into a nail-biting thriller, a psychological drama that left me wondering, "what would I do?"

Melbourne is intimate, it's frightening, and yet only so because of the deep human questions it asks of the audience. Don't come to Melbourne expecting over the top displays to deal with the tragedy at hand. The film is perfect for those of us who recognize that most of life, even in moments of dram...

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