Leila's Brothers

Leila's Brothers

Director: Saeed Roustaee
Country: Iran

2022 | 169 min. | Persian
Subtitles: English, German

Cast_ Taraneh Alidoosti, Navid Mohammadzadeh, Payman Maadi, Farhad Aslani, Mohammad Alimohammadi, Saeed Poursamimi, Nayereh Farahani, Mehdi Hoseininia Screenplay_ Saeed Roustaee Camera_ Hooman Behmanesh Producer_ Saeed Roustaee, Javad Noruzbeigi Rights_ Elle Driver

The gifted Iranian director Saeed Roustaee crafts a sympathetic portrait of a woman and her dramatic struggle for her family’s future, which is thwarted by patriarchal traditions and a Donald Trump tweet.

Leila has four brothers, none of whom has really made it in life. Unemployed and heavily in debt, the siblings share a room in their parents’ house. Regardless of their mutual love, tensions are inevitable. Leila’s plan is for the men to finally become independent by opening a store. The problem is that they don’t have enough start-up capital. Then, suddenly, 40 gold coins turn up in the modest household. Although they are meant to fulfill a dream long held by their father, they are quickly stolen from him, passed from hand to hand, and finally exchanged for cash. Soon thereafter, bad luck strikes Leila’s brothers once again, as economic sanctions give rise to record levels of inflation.

This modern family epic is superbly written and directed, rich in plot twists, and never shies from embracing dramatic sentiment. A resounding slap in the face of Iran’s patriarchal culture, without any moralistic finger-pointing!


Saeed Roustaee, born in 1989, first worked as a documentary filmmaker after completing his film studies. His subsequent narrative films, ›Life and a Day‹ (2016) and ›Just 6.5‹ (2019), received much international attention. Most recently, ›Leila’s Brothers‹ screened in competition at Cannes, where it won the FIPRESCI award.


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