Mani HaghighiIran – 2022

In downtown Tehran, Farzaneh, a young driving instructor, spots her husband, Jalal, walking into a woman’s apartment. When she confronts him, Jalal claims he was out of town for work. He decides to check out the building for himself. There, he meets a woman who is the spitting image of Farzaneh. Her name is Bita. Stunned, the two compare family photos: Bita’s husband also looks identical to Jalal.

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Original Title Subtraction
German Title Subtraction
French Title Subtraction
Other Titles Subtraction
Directed by Mani Haghighi
Country Iran
Available Formats
Screenplay Mani Haghighi, Amir Reza Koohestani
Film Editing Meysam Molaei
Soundtrack Ramin Kousha
Cinematography Morteza Najafi
Sound Amir Hossein Ghasemi
Costumes Neda Nasr
Production Majid Motalebi
Runtime 107 Min.
Language Farsi/d/f
Taraneh Alidoosti Farzaneh
Navid Mohammadzadeh Jalal
Ali Bagheri
Vahid Aghapour
Soheyla Razavi
Gilda Vishki
Saeed Changizian
Farham Azizi Bardia
Esmail Poor-Reza Jalals Vater

Toronto International Film Festival

Geneva International Film Festival

«Elegant und grotesk, ein Erlebnis, wie es uns Werke aus dieser Region nur selten bieten.» Cineuropa

«Driven by strong cast performance and impressive cinematography, Mani Haghighi’s twisty human drama Subtraction keeps you guessing until the final frame.» Frankly My Dear UK

«Questions of patriarchy, friendship, power in relationships, and how the truth will out are intertwined to good effect. Mani Haghighi’s standing is enhanced further by this work.» redSolent

«A cautionary thriller about grass being perceived as greener on the other side. – Alidoosti and Mohammadzadeh excel in their dual roles. – Moreover, the film constantly defies expectations. Subtraction is a dark and twisty human drama that keeps one guessing until the final frame.» That Shelf


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