Video Review: 'Leila'
Newlyweds find themselves unable to conceive — strain, humiliation, and pressure from the in-laws ensue. It’s a poignant story in any culture but especially so in a middle-class Iranian milieu. Watching Leila slowly, miserably acquiesce to her mother-in-law’s insistence on a polygamous second marriage, viewers of every creed will shudder with recognition as young love implodes under the weight of family and tradition. Deliberately artless camera work and intense, laconic performances by Hatami and Mosaffa invest even a telephone’s ring with dramatic energy. B+