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  • Summary: Using the subversive urgency of cinéma vérité, the lives of six young people unfold in present day Iran. Misunderstood by their families and oppressed by conservative Islamic society, they act out their personal desires behind closed doors. A feminist finds herself in an affair with a married man; new lovers search for a place to be physically intimate; a gay man is faced with an arranged marriage; a female pop singer risks exposure; and a grief-stricken son lashes out at fundamentalists. Shot clandestinely throughout Tehran before the elections of 2009, Hossein Keshavarz’s provocative film, DOG SWEAT, challenges the status quo by providing the new generation of Iranians a fervent voice of rebellion. (IndiePix Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Nov 10, 2011
    70
    Dog Sweat (the title is slang for alcohol) is surprisingly polished, the young actors warmly believable despite being restricted by the film's narrow focus.
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Weber
    Nov 9, 2011
    63
    With six protagonists serving as a cross-section of Tehran's youthful population, director Hossein Keshavarz's Dog Sweat is a somber, minor-keyed debut feature about the daily manifestations of oppression in contemporary Iran.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Nov 8, 2011
    50
    It might be sufficient that Dog Sweat exists at all - but only if you believe intention trumps execution.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Nov 8, 2011
    50
    Great for ADD-style viewing but not for advancing Iranian cinema's currently challenged profile.
  5. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Nov 9, 2011
    50
    The cast is fine, but the roles are superficial and too concentrated on the film's theme.
  6. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Nov 17, 2011
    50
    Whatever personal risks first-time director Hossein Keshavarz took to make the film, there's little sense of danger in the finished product, which offers snapshots of middle-class Iran but falls flat on the dramatic front.
  7. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Nov 8, 2011
    40
    Subversive elements or not, this is essentially little more than a TV soap opera spiced with hot-button topics (gender issues, clandestine gay trysts), and the combo of TV melodramatics and mumblecore-ish aesthetics eventually wears out its welcome.