Title: One. Two. One

Also known as:
Yek. Do. Yek (Original title)

Year: 2011

Genre: Drama / Arthouse

Language: Persian

Runtime: 79 min

Director: Mania Akbari

Writer: Mania Akbari & Majid Eslami

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2258513/

Plot:
We follow Ava and the people around her after she's been injured and horribly scarred. It becomes clear that being scarred and deemed ugly in a country where beauty is the main focus in a woman is not that easy, but Ava tries to adapt and get back on her feet.

Our thoughts:
It's fair to say that I'm not an expert on cinema from Iran. One of few names I can recall is Abbas Kiarostami, and I haven't seen his films. I took the chance to check out "One. Two. One" for a few reasons - one being that it's from Iran, the other for being directed by a woman, and finally the style of the movie sounded appealing (more on that later). Second Run DVD constantly put out movies that surprise me, and "One. Two. One" certainly did that despite being a movie I didn't think I could relate to.

The entire is a series of conversations between people somehow related to a woman named Ava, and some including Ava herself. Ava is a beautiful woman who got disfigured in an acid attack, and it proves to be a heavy burden to take on in Iran's society. The conversations slowly give us the story of what happened, about her life, about her current situations, but through that we also see how the people around her react to what happened and beauty in general.

The movie is literally made out of conversations without cuts, but not once does it get boring. The camera is very much alive and carefully handled which helps a ton. Even the static shots have life to them. Not to mention the perfect timing of everything, the long and very involving discussions, the sincerity in the actors. It might seem simple and minimalistic on paper, but this movie is filled with talent we rarely stumble upon outside of the greats. It's quite fascinating on a technical level alone.

Even without caring for politics you can find a lot in "One. Two. One". It's very humane, but a movie that was bound to upset people in the home country. Mania Akbari shows no concern to that in the movie. It's a very brave piece of art in all its simplicity. It speaks louder and has more to say than most Hollywood movies made today.

"One. Two. One" is just a great movie overall. I can't think of many reasons not to watch it. It's not a fun movie, but it hooks you into Ava's life. Obviously you should go into it expecting that, or at least expecting something different, because you need to give it your time. It's deeply touching but still manages to come out as a positive experience with some happy moments. I'm glad it was made available through Second Run DVD, and hopefully I will watch more of Mania Akbari's movies in the future.


Positive things:
- Perfect on a technical level. Simple but executed without flaws.
- Superb actors, believable from start to finish.
- Very well written.

Negative things:
- If you want a fun and/or action-filled movie then wait with this one.

Rating:
Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 3.5/5
Effects: 0/5
Comedy: 1.5/5

We got this movie from:
SecondRunDVD.com

It can be bought at:
SecondRunDVD.com

Reviewed by:
Ronny




 

Like us on Facebook



"City of Rott: Streets of Rott" Press Release
Best of 2016
Best of 2015
Underrated Horror Movies That Aren't Underrated: A Halloween List
Howling: Halloween 2015
Amityville: Halloween 2015
A Stephen King Halloween for 2015
"Tales of the Dim" Press Release
Best of 2014
Full Moon Favorites
A '90s Halloween
Best of 2013
A Profane Preview
A Netflix Halloween for 2013
"German Angst" on Kickstarter
The Sexploitation/Erotica List
Ronny's Arthouse Films List #2
Best of 2012
Worst of 2012
Halloween list: Mockumentaries

Special Feature Archives



 
 
TOP 10 OF LAST YEAR:
1. Fires on the Plain
2. What We Do in the Shadows
3. We Are Still Here
4. Spring
5. Makeup Room
6. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
7. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
8. Shadow Zombie
9. Honeymoon
10. Nina Forever
Taken from Best of 2015



CURRENT FAVORITE
DISTRIBUTORS:
- Mondo Vision
BFI
- Second Run DVD