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||IMDB Rating: 5.7/10 from 159 votes
||Release: 30 April 2003 (France) /
||Director: Babak Shokrian,
||Stars: Ally Porabas, Atossa Leoni, Belinda Waymouth, David Diaan, Diane Gaidry, Hallie Bird, Houshang Touzie, John Cato, Kamilla Bjorlin, Mansour, Michael Tuba Heatherton, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Troy Martin, Will Stewart, Zakareth Ruben
||Synopsis: America So Beautiful follows the odyssey of a group of Iranian Immigrants in Los Angeles, trying to find their place in America amidst the unfolding of the 1979 Iran hostage crises. Houshang believes his ticket out of his uncles Persian market is to become a partner in a glittery disco - if he can just come up with the money. As Houshang struggles to pull his family into the deal, he decides to show them a piece of the dream by taking them out for an evening at the disco. They instead encounter a night of surprise and transformation, filled with hilarity, pain and revelation. Houshang's desperate night of assimilation becomes a moving search for identity, culture and an effecting dissection of the American dream. Written by Ken Hastings
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This movie tries to draw a picture of a generation which shortly before
shortly after the revolution had to struggle to survive. Shokrian's early
film influences from Scorcese and Elia Kazan are apparent, in some scenes
and particularily in authentic recreation and setting of LA in the 70's
The film spans over the 444-days during which 52 American diplomats were
taken hostage in the US Embassy in Teheran. Excerpts of radio news, and TV
images of the Revolution and the fall of the Shah sets the historical and
America So Beautiful fortunately avoids cliches which could have been
the case in trying to draw a strict line between Good and Bad characters.
The racial comments made by a middle-aged bartender (an attentive ear
you to hear her pronounce Iran "Eye Ran" and Iranian as it should be, that
is "ee-raani-ans") is rooted in lack of education and social standards,
constant news reels showing the American hostages humiliated and hostile
revolutionaries shouting "America Go Home".
The same hateful looks also appear when Houshang, having met Lucy (Diane
Gaidry) an American bartender who works in Sahmi's (Houshang Touzie)
joins her at her party flat. Unlike Lucy, the other young people give
Houshang angry looks as they hear more news on the hostages being badly
treated in Tehran.
The movie does not try to say who is right or who is wrong but simply
those who are caught in between political rivalries that surpass them and
contrast their more down to earth realities. Ironically it is in trying to
fulfill their American Dream that the protagonists are actually confronted
with the same prejudices -- not to say racism -- for which they left their
own country in the first palce.
The sad if not tragic aspect of their predicament lays in the fact that
protagonists mostly come from educated families; they are intelligent and
cultured -- and probably more qualified for the jobs they have. One wanted
to be a doctor, then an actor and ended up as a taxi driver. Another has a
Maryam, Hamid, Parviz, are all perfectly in phase with the American
language, culture and mindset and although attached to their roots they
hoping for a better future but in realistic terms and in that are
the most stable and positive characters in the movie.
That's not the case for Houshang. Strangely, by holding on strongly to his
dream, Houshang is probably the most American of all the characters in the
movie. He is down to earth and entrepreunial. He tries to convince people
believe in his project, but he is constantly faced with a cultural wall he
cannot climb and doesn't seem to grasp the consenquences of events in Iran
on his life in America.
The cultural gap is also shown among Iranians themselves. At one point
Parviz the cab driver is trying to make a deal at the grocery is
by a younger Iranian with glossy hair and dressed up like a gigolo who
his real name Darius with a nickname "Danny Disco", only to be reminded in
humourous dialogue that his birth name is that of one of Persia's Greatest
Emperors, without whom he would not be who he was.
The scene is quite representative of the educational standards which were
forced upon the last Iranian generation. They were mostly sons or
of doctors, engineers or any other middle-class family (thanks to the
educational programs and financial support to the most rewarding students
who once sent to the US became politicised and came back as
to topple the regime). They could not always live up to the same ambitions
of their parents. This led to a cultural gap after the 1979 revolution and
not quite been filled.
This is shown in a wonderful and tense scene in a Persian restaurant,
young friends realize they belong to a lost generation. Not quite Iranian
and not quite American, it ends in a fight because of a particularily
jealous husband who refuses to see his wife dance with another man and the
whole group is kicked out of the restaurant.
As Houshang wants to make his dream come true by building a disco on the
advice of an unscrupulous Sahmi -- a "second class godfather" character
played excellently by Houshang Touzie. He finds himself lured into
money from his own cousin's grocery. On the other hand Sahmi is also
the Shah's ex ministers and generals into making them believe that with
their money he is preparing a counter coup against the
The older generation truly comes across through an unflattering and rather
comic portrait -- some of them seem to come straight out of Pezeshkzad's
Dear Uncle Napoleon, which Babak describes as virtually mad characters who
have been "frozen in time" and that their way of thinking does not allow
evolution or critical thinking.
The director certainly has a true point here and I share it. However from
chronological point of view he falls into a minor trap and that is that
of these generals or ex ministers were in power shortly before the fall of
the imperial regime and many had either fled, or executed. Some may have
turned mad after having been tortured by the IRI, but the image depicted
the film is more closer to a retired generation still sticking to a
lifestyle long gone. They provide comic relief in a film which has many
The most interesting aspect of Shokrian's first feature film is that you
forget the Iranian connotation of the story. It is present, you are
of events several times and cannot look through it without remembering
personal souveniers. However it stays first and foremost a movie, which
can follow regardless of the political message or social and national
For once I was happily surprised not to feel the heavy chest I usually get
when I go to see Iranian films and feel that some kind of philosophical or
political metophor is going to be pushed down my throat. Sorry for the
comparison, but it has been true even when it comes to any Western film
regarding Iran or related to the Revolution, such as Betty Mahmoudy's Not
Without My Daughter.This is not the case in America So Beautiful.
Also the dual culture alternating the dialogue between both English and
Persian is interesting and even gives to the film a particular flavor. One
of the characters, an Iranian who has arrived in the US after the death of
his father, says Iran is dead for him. "Welcome to San Francisco,"
Anyone familiar to Parviz Sayyad's playboy character in the Uncle Napoleon
series of the late 70's will understand the allusion. Unlike the
of Saturday Night Fever, where John Travolta had his way paved on a red
carpet, Houshang and his friends are desperately trying to get into the
disco, but are refused entrance. This forces them in most cases to avoid
direct confrontation, but increases their feeling of humiliation and
frustration. And the hostage crisis does not help either in calming the
brutality of war mongering Americans.
There is true on-screen chemistry between the actors. They bring to the
surface all the emotional contradictions and love between old friends,
sometimes flirt with emotionally incestuous feelings. Canadian Actress
Gaidry, Alain De Satti, and Fariborz David Diann, all create characters
a great deal of depth, sincerity and truth.
As much as this film is about us Iranian exiles (at least in LA but you
similar components in Europe or elsewhere) it is also an American film in
the true sense of the word. The actors share the same narcissism required
for James Deanish characters. This is especially true for Houshang, but
for the other characters.
Although America So Beautiful is supposed to be about the generation from
the time of the revolution, it is about the Iranians of today. The set and
clothing may be that of the 70's but the questions and preoccupations
haunt the protagonists are much more in phase with the way Iranians feel
The number of Iranians in California increased many fold after 1979. The
majority, contrary to the depiction in the film, were quite well off. Most
were professionals educated in the US or Europe. They did face
but they were less concerned with following the American Dream than by
reasserting their situation in the US.
The children, however, had to face the contradictions of being American by
birth (this is even more true for those who were half Iranian), education
upbringing and yet still strongly influenced by Iranian culture. This new
generation is probably even more attached to Iran and Iranian values than
the previous one. The fact that the director, left Iranas a child in 1971,
is also an indication that proves this point.
I was also quite happy and proud to see Shokrian insist that he wanted to
speak Persian in front of a crowd of French and Iranian film enthusiasts
This film certainly deserves to be shown in schools and universities as an
introduction to the Islamic Revolution and its impact on Iranian and
American communities. It is a historic movie which says more about the
problems faced by our community than any other film.
The scene in the Persian restaurant also allows Shokrian to indirectly pay
tribute to the older generation of artists who have paved the road for
others in the West such as singer Aref (I didn't even know he was still
alive and in good shape), Sattar or the enigmatic looks of the beautiful
Shohreh Agdashlou (who is co-starring in a new film with Ben Kingsley in
House of Sand and Fog produced by Dreamworks).
A special credit should go to the female roles of Lucy played by Diane
Gaidry and particularily the natural composition of Attossa Leoni as
By all means Shokrian's first work proves to be visually mature and his
carreer and that of his actors deserves to be followed closely in the
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, Troy Martin
, Will Stewart
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