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Vue West End (Leicester Square)
Thu 21st Sep 20:00

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Vue West End (Leicester Square)
Thu 28th Sep 12:30

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Apricot Groves tells the story of Aram, an Iranian Armenian who has been living in America since childhood and has fallen in love there with an Armenian girl. With the help of his older brother, he returns to Armenia to ask her father for permission to marry her. What appears to be a simple story, however, becomes a moving meditation on the themes of secrecy and identity. In this confrontation between the constraints of tradition and the freedom of love, love has already won, but not without tragedy and sacrifice to appease its demands.
The pace of the film is beautifully measured, with uniformly sensitive performances from the cast. Iranian director Pouria Heidary Oureh constantly challenges his audience to explore, rather than simply watch. Sometimes action takes place in disconcerting close-up, sometimes in voyeuristic longshot with disembodied voices, and in a visit to a tailor’s shop the action is confined to a static frame with a curtained changing room and a mirror. The film addresses so many complex issues in its modest running time, but never loses sight of the simple humanity of its characters.
Derek Ravenscroft
Runtime
80
Cast
Pedram Ansari
Narbe Vartan
Samvel Sarkisyan
Country
Armenia
Director(s)
Pouria Heidary Oureh
Writer(s)
Pouria Heidary Oureh
Producer(s)
Pouria Heidary Oureh
Ali Sadraie
Executive Producer(s)
Pouria Heidary Oureh
Screening Status
UK Premiere