Niaz (The Need) (1991) - Alireza Davoudnejad

Country: Iran
Language: Persian

Plot: Two boys compete for one job they both need desperately. This movie portrays their rivalry.

Powerful & unforgettable film from Iran, 10 June 2010

Author: asgardsrei1 from Deutschland

"Niaz," or The Need is one of those rare, minimalist films that is sadly overlooked, in favor of flashier, more commercial films. The story plays like a parable of good overcoming bad, of generosity and love for ones neighbor conquering greed, and living dishonorably. "Niaz" is a film about a boy named Ali, a very responsible and strong kid, who wants to go to work so he can take care of his mother. A job digging ditches almost kills him, but he refuses to quit, until a better offer comes along, when his uncle sets him up to apprentice in a print shop. In a land where work is so scarce, this is a dream job. The problem is, another boy has been promised the same job, and when the two of them are pitted against each other to earn the job, conflict ensues. The other boy is tough, and it seems that he will do anything to get the job, even if it includes fighting to the death for it. The magic of this film begins when the two put aside their differences and actually become friends, leaving the adults around them in a state of confusion. It seems that the boys have a deeper understanding of right and wrong than do their elders. A visit to the Turkish boy's house one day, makes it clear to Ali just why the other boy is so desperate to work.

"Niaz" is absolutely unforgettable, a neorealist film that thoroughly involves the viewer in the lives of these two families. Also offering a beautiful and fascinating look into life in Iran. The beauty in this stark film lies in it's complete innocence; there is no sex, no nudity, no unnecessary violence etc.. It is one of the most personal and intimate films you will ever see, and for fans of films like truffaut's "400 blows" this one will rank alongside that classic. The beauty of this story affected me deeply, and the performances are all excellent and totally realistic. "Niaz" is a rare title, never released on DVD, but an old VHS can be found for this extraordinary film, (at least in North America) in Farsi language with English subtitles. Highest recommendation, and a personal favorite..

DVD Source: Khaneh Cinema ;DVD5
DVD Format: PAL
Program: DVD Fab Decrypter

Menus: Untouched
Video: Untouched
Audio: Untouched
DVD extras: Untouched
Video Stream: MPEG Video
Audio Stream: Ac-3

Video: 5100 kbps
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Frame Rate: 25 fps
MPEG Video Version 2 NTSC

Bitrate: 192 kbps
Sampling: 48 khz
Precision: 16 bit
Channels: 2

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