Permission (Araghe Sard) (12A)
Afrooz, captain of the Iran ‘futsal’ (indoor soccer) team uses star sporting skills, winning a place in the Asian Nations Cup. Her estranged TV star husband invokes an ancient law allowing him the power to deny her leaving the country. The battles that follow are full of anger, sadness, hunger for justice, with explosive scenes, ferocious exchanges – and stonewall frustration.
Iran 2018 – Persian with subtitles – directed by Soheil Beiraghi with Baran Kosari, Amir Jadidi, Leili Rashidi, Hoda Zeinolabedin – 85 mins
Rashidi is terrific as the fast-talking advocate and Jadidi nails it as the reptilian husband – VARIETY
Exceptionally well crafted, Cold Sweat is an uncompromising look at the inequities of Iranian society, with a clear-eyed intimacy that recalls the best works of Asghar Farhadi and Jafar Panahi – IMDB