Finally he suggests a visit to his homeland. The film sets itself up as an anti-Iranian political tract in its opening 20 minutes, contrasting a lush, overabundant United States with a tawdry, primitive Iran, the population bowing to Khomeini, slaughtering animals for sacrifices, and running frantically, shouting like beasts. Betty is reluctant, as Iran is not a pleasant place, especially if you are American and female. It seems to have little place for the concept of individual freedom - especially as it applies to women. This movie among many others is used for making a commercial for U. Betty and Mahtob arrived back in Michigan on February 7, 1986, just over 18 months after they had left for Iran. Once there, his personality takes a 180.
For the safety of those involved, the real Betty Mahmoody does not reveal who put her in contact with the man who helped her escape. They are giving you their point of view. Betty seemed unable to comprehend that the assertive, pushy, go anywhere, independent western woman is very offensive to many cultures, and not just Islamic. They ended up going into Turkey by horse because of an altercation earlier on, which had the border guards on high alert. It is curious, in a way, that this movie is set in Iran. Eventually, a local hospital agreed to hire him despite this issue but refused to pay him until his paperwork was approved.
No sooner have Betty Sally Field and her Iranian husband Moody Alfred Molina and precocious four-year-old daughter Mahtob Sheila Rosenthal spent an idyllic afternoon in their lakeside Michigan. Wanting to see his homeland again, he convinces his wife to take a short holiday there with him and Mahtob. I guess it should come as no surprise. The woman informed her that it was common. It really is truly awful, but awfully fun. Mammal told her that the passports had to be taken to the airport three days before departure for approval.
But you can't have a 'woman in peril' with no peril. No Muslim character is painted in a favorable light; the local people who help the heroine are dissidents or outlaws. Betty and Moody became friends with her and her husband Hormoz. Since this ritual frightened Betty Mahmoody's daughter Mahtob, she carried her over instead. Rintels manage to include a large amount of detail about the lifestyle of Iranian citizens and explore some of the passion behind their customs, which, of course, seem quite repressive to Western audiences. Thus begins a series of harrowing imprisonments and escapes for Betty, as Mahtob finds herself starting school in Iran and learning the Muslim way. He has lost his job at the hospital, and plans to stay in Iran.
Groups of boys were often picked up at parks and schools to be put in the war. This movie has only been made for propaganda. Wanting to see his homeland again, he convinces his wife to take a short holiday there with him and Mahtob. I have seen this movie a few times and in my opinion, I enjoyed it and didn't find it racist at all. And when the family was performing morning prayers, they did speak Arabic, but it was ironically even in Persian accent.
Must all movies be taken on their own terms, or do we retain the strength of mind to view them critically - to remain alert to prejudice and single-minded vitriol? More than that, she's reluctant to wear the traditional Islamic garb worn by Iranian women, finally giving in after being informed that she'll be arrested if she doesn't comply. All those involved should be ashamed of themselves for making such a movie. And, as a member of the viewing public, when I disagree with what they are saying I have a very simple remedy. The main movie genre categories for Not Without My Daughter are: Drama, Thriller. They were required attire in order for women to go outside in Iran.
After all there is no place like home. So I am really clueless as to what people are talking about when they said they only spoke Arabic in this film. What has she learned from her ordeal? The real story reveals that they had the opposite problem to what is shown in the movie; the route was covered in snow and ice. My sympathy however with the husband left me when I saw the deception he displayed keeping his American family in Iran. Whether all aspects of Iranian life and culture are accurately portrayed here seems somewhat beside the point to me. Not to mention the completely over-the-top depictions of Moody's family. The performances are well intentioned and effective.
When she arrived at the office building she was directed to a man that she referred to as Amahl. Director: Writer: Starring: , , , , , » You will get a notification at the top of the site as soon as the current price equals or falls below your price. The movie is simply too illogical to resonate emotionally. A group of teenage boys playing volleyball were taken away in trucks at gunpoint. Is the movie unfair to the Iranian people? Sayed returned to Iran with his wife, Betty and daughter, Mahtob with the aim of using his medical knowledge to help treat the victims of the Iran-Iraq war.
A bombing did occur near the school, wiping out entire city blocks, but that happened during the night when no one was in attendance. It worked out well for awhile but it wore on them too. Why is the main religion of Iran Islam? The husband is Moody is played by Alfred Molina, his performance is good, the script does allow him to be 3 dimensional, there are moments when his facial expressions transmit that he knows that what he is doing to his wife is wrong. Lonely Planet Publications, 2001, p. Upon their arrival in Tehran the film was shot in Israel , they are immediately surrounded by Moody's large family, and Betty begins to get a taste of what's expected of her, from keeping her body clothed in black and her face and hair covered to acquiescing to her husband's every wish. Upon arrival in Iran, it appears that her worst fears are realized: Moody declares that they will be living there from now on.
It also does a great job of depicting the almost complete lack of rights and freedoms women possess in Iran - having a status as little more than property to their husbands, and subject to their complete control. But this movie is so exaggerated, so completely ridiculous in it's portrayal of another culture that it is impossible to recommend. . Betty decides to go along with things until she can plan an escape. They were required attire in order for women to go outside in Iran. After a few months, Mammal and Nasserine went to live with his in-laws because of all the tension, and Moody was told that he, Betty and Mahtob had to move out. You can't keep me here! I would fight to the ends of the world for my child and that is what Betty did for her child as well.