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  • Summary: It's 1979 and Mary, an Iranian-American teenager, pursues fun and romance in the New Jersey suburbs. Mary's world is radically transformed, though, when Ali, her fundamentalist Muslim cousin, comes to live with her family at the same time that Americans are taken hostage in Iran. (Streetlight Films) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Rich Cline
    First-time writer-director Serry shows a remarkable gift for storytelling with this moving, effective little film.
  2. It's a wise and powerful tale of race and culture forcefully told, with superb performances throughout.
  3. 80
    Serry perfectly captures the peculiar climate, creating uncanny echoes with today's situation. Persian stars Shaun Toub and Shohreh Aghdashloo are extremely convincing as Maryam's parents.
  4. Though it's ultimately rather heavy-handed, this drama about an Iranian-American family is heartfelt and topical.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Its subject -- ethnic profiling during a time of international crisis -- could hardly be more contemporary.
  6. This modestly produced drama isn't acted or directed with much flair, but it shows a welcome awareness of the complex links between personal and political impulses.
  7. 40
    There's not much here; some of the shots feel so static that you wonder if they're being rehearsed before your eyes.

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