The Painting Pool (Howze Naghashi) - 2013

Maryam and Reza work in the packaging department of a pharmaceutical company. They try to lead a regular life, but for them everything is a challenge – even crossing the street or cooking a pizza. Their young son, Soheil, becomes embarrassed by his mentally challenged parents and starts to spend more and more time with his teacher’s son. When Reza loses his job, Soheil refuses to go home. His parents’ world collapses. This unusual issue is tackled with great sensitivity by director Maziar Miri, who extracts outstanding performances from leads, Shahab Hosseini and Negar Javaherian. A heartrending and remarkable film about a mentally challenged couple fighting for their right to be a family. 

Director: Maziar Miri

Producer: Manouchehr Mohammadi 

Writer: Hamed Mohammadi 

Cast: Shahab Hosseini, Negar Javaherian, Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy 

Screening time: 94 minutes 

Print Source: Soureh Cinema 

Language: Farsi with English subtitles 

Year: 2013