Leila (film)

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Directed by Dariush Mehrjui
Produced by Dariush Mehrjui
Written by Dariush Mehrjui, Mahnaz Ansarian
Starring Leila Hatami
Ali Mosaffa
Jamileh Sheikhi
Mohamad Reza Sharifinia
Turan Mehrzad
Amir Pievar
Shaghayegh Farahani
Release dates 1996
Running time 110 minutes[1][2]
Language Persian

Leila is a 1996 Iranian film directed by Dariush Mehrjui.[3]


Leila and Reza are a modern Iranian couple, content with their recent marriage. However, Leila learns that she is unable to conceive. Reza's mother insists that he, as the only son, must have children ("everything goes to the son"), despite Reza's insistence that he does not want children, and suggests that he get a second wife. He adamantly refuses the idea; his mother champions it. Leila gets caught between the two worlds; elated at spending time with Reza one moment and torn apart by his nagging mother the next.[4]


  1. ^ Oliver Leaman (23 August 2001). Companion Encyclopaedia of Middle Eastern and North African Film. Routledge. pp. 333–. ISBN 978-1-134-66251-7. 
  2. ^ Gönül Dönmez-Colin (2006). Cinemas of the Other: A Personal Journey with Film-makers from the Middle East and Central Asia. Intellect Books. pp. 238–. ISBN 978-1-84150-143-7. 
  3. ^ Jane Sloan (26 March 2007). Reel Women: An International Directory of Contemporary Feature Films about Women. Scarecrow Press. pp. 126–. ISBN 978-1-4616-7082-7. 
  4. ^ Hamid Naficy (6 November 2012). A Social History of Iranian Cinema, Volume 4: The Globalizing Era, 1984–2010. Duke University Press. pp. 144–. ISBN 0-8223-4878-0. 

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