In Review: Ava

Not to be overlooked in this year of startling debut films is Sadaf Foroughi’s Ava, a slow burn melodrama of female teenage angst in Iran. Economically staged to claustrophobic effect, Foroughi arrives with confrontational imagery perfectly matched to the rebellion at the film’s core. Here is an angrier, yet more patient peer to recent films highlighting young women pushing against the limits of what society expects of them, one that’s like watching a lit fuse get closer and closer to explosion. The tension is high, and the stakes are kept punishingly human.

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