kasarin’s review published on Letterboxd:
Hooptober 8.0 Film 2/33
Film from Iran (6 Countries)
This film was perfect. It is a stripped down neoimpressionist work. The mood is the thing. Ampour creates arresting characters, some we’re privy to a long piece of their life while others we only get a glimpse and are left wanting more.
This film inexplicably opens on a scene of an open mass grave. Just like a cut you noticed the morning after a bender, the wound just sits and heals. Where did it come from? What is the story? The grave is visited but never discussed. It just is.
The cinematography feel perfect. It channels a 40s monster vibe while granting is spectacular views that bring Badtown and its denizens to life.
The final thing that puts it into the classics realm for me is the amazing soundtrack. Bass Thumping Persian techno litters the soundscape and elevated the mood in each scene. This film is perfect.