Darius Mehjui’s pre-Revolutionary The Cow (1969) is often considered the first film of the Iranian New Wave. Many of his subsequent films have focused on women, especially his much loved trilogy of the 90s, Sara, Pari and Leila. This film sees him reunited with Leila Hatami, the titular lead of Leila, but the focus is on the father – son relationship in this film about the environment. In this black comedy, a photojournalist, remains in Tehran with his young son whilst his wife, who is studying overseas, goes back and forth. After reading a book on Feng Shui, he becomes more and more obsessed with the general lack of care for the environment, initially photographing the abuse but ultimately showing his total commitment by becoming a street sweeper. Mehrjui’s latest film, a prize winner at Fajr and a huge box office hit in Iran, is both his most personal and most commercial in recent times.

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