Fireworks Wednesday

Asghar Farhadi / 2006 / 104 minutes / Spine #01

From the two-time Academy Award winning director of The Salesman and A Separation, Asghar Farhadi’s Fireworks Wednesday is a gripping, suspenseful drama – a story of marital intrigue and betrayal set against the backdrop of the Persian New Year. Rouhi, a young bride-to-be, is hired as a maid for an affluent family in Tehran. Upon arriving she is suddenly thrust into an explosive domestic conflict. The wife is convinced her husband is having an affair (with a recently divorced woman living next door) and enlists Rouhi as a spy, to follow her husband, and confirm her suspicions. What Rouhi discovers, however, threatens not only their marriage but her own future.


–Audio Commentary by Tina Hassannia, author of “Asghar Farhadi: Life and Cinema,” and critic Amir Soltani

–Theatrical Trailer


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  • "A gripping piece of storytelling."

    The Village Voice
  • Critic's Pick! "As with Mr. Farhadi’s other films, every detail of speech and body language resonates."

    The New York Times
  • "Terrific. One of the contemporary cinema’s most essential masters."
  • "A masterpiece of Farhadi’s psychologically charged scene-making and sensuous, insinuating style."

    Film Comment
  • "Exquisite. A finely tuned, masterful work."

    Film Journal
  • "Enigmatic and compulsively engrossing... Gives viewers a chance to watch a master at work — before he was acknowledged as a master."

    The Washington Post
  • "Grade: A-. A wonderfully humane and insightful look at romance, betrayal, and jealousy."

    Entertainment Weekly
  • "As twisty as a mystery thriller."

    The Seattle Times
  • "Superb. Brilliantly assured."

    LA Weekly
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