Leila's Brothers

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Leila's Brothers
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French poster
Persianبرادران لیلا
Directed bySaeed Roustayi
Written bySaeed Roustayi
Produced byAkbar Roustayi
Javad Norouzshahi
CinematographyHooman Behmanesh
Edited byBahram Dehghani
Music byRamin Kousha
Distributed byWild Bunch
Release dates
  • 25 May 2022 (2022-05-25) (Cannes)
  • 24 August 2022 (2022-08-24) (France)
Running time
165 minutes
Box office$758,423[1]

Leila’s Brothers (Persian: برادران لیلا, romanizedBarādarān-e Leilā) is a 2022 Iranian drama film directed, written and co-produced by Saeed Roustayi, starring Taraneh Alidoosti, Navid Mohammadzadeh, Saeed Poursamimi and Payman Maadi.[2][3] In April 2022, the film was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.[4][5]


At 40 years old, Leila (Taraneh Alidoosti) has spent her whole life taking care of her parents and her four brothers. The family argues constantly and is seemigly crushed by debts, caught in a country with a huge economic crisis and unbelievable inflations as a result of the mullahs ruling the country. As her brothers are trying to make ends meet, Leila formulates a plan: to start a family business that would save them from poverty. Looking for capital to fund the costs of a storefront in a soon to be converted mall bathroom they are surprised by their father, Esmail, who in his ambition to become family patriarch wants to gift 40 gold coins at a wedding. He does not care about their ambitions however. Leila in cahoots with her other three brothers tricks Alireza who is meant to gift the coins for his father by handing him an empty box. The father is crowned patriarch just to be demoted and replaced as by a rival when it turns out that Alireza does not have coins to give. The father claims he took out a mortage to buy the coins and the family will be homeless if he doesn't get back the money. Alireza feeling used and fearing for the roof over their head incites his brothers against Leila's plans, they decide to give back their father the money to pay the mortage. Inflation and rising prices however crush their plans making it near impossible to get enough money for the coins or to be able to buy them back leaving them ever closer to financial ruin. In a final reveal however it turns out that the father did not mortage the house at all but had a secret bank account, living in filth and letting his children suffer while hoarding cash, from which he funded the coins. Soon after this revelation the father dies during a young girl's birthday party, which only Alireza notices leaving him in shock surrouded by joyous celebrations.



The film was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival which was held from 17 to 28 May 2022.


Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 90% of 10 reviews are positive for the film, with an average rating of 6/10.[7] Metacritic assigned the film a weighted average score of 87 out of 100, based on 5 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[8]


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
Cannes Film Festival 28 May 2022 Palme d'Or Saeed Roustayi Nominated [9]
FIPRESCI Prize Won [10]
Citizenship Prize Won [11]


Actors sexual assaults charges[edit]

The two actors in this film, Saeed Poursamimi and Farhad Aslani, were accused of sexually assaulting Katayoun Riahi and Somayyeh Mirshamsi. Both charges were after filming.[12][13]

While Taraneh Alidoosti, another actress in this film, is one of the women following the complaints of abused women in the cinema.[14]

After Aslani was charged by the assistant director Somayyeh Mirshamsi, Alidoosti announced on her Instagram that the rest of the cast won't stand by the accused at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.[15] At the festival, Aslani did not go to Cannes.[16]

After the cast appeared on the red carpet, the famous actress, Katayoun Riahi, posted the photo of Poursamimi at Cannes with a red cross on him and mentioning the Iranian page of me too movement in her Instagram story.[17][18]

The next day, she posted on Instagram that she had been sexually assaulted by him 25 years ago.[19][20]

In June 1, a retired actress, Ladan Tabatabaei, announced in a live stream on Instagram that she had also been verbally abused by Poursamimi.[2][3]

Iranian government's response[edit]

The Cinema Organization of Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance expressed dissatisfaction with the film as cast members made remarks critical of the Iranian government at Cannes, and Mohammadzadeh kissed his wife, Fereshteh Hosseini, on the red carpet.[21] On 1 June 2022, minister Mohammad Mehdi Esmaili said the film may not be allowed to be released in Iran since it screened at Cannes without the government's approval, which he said was against the law.[22] On 22 June 2022, Esmaili said the organization had officially banned the film.[23]


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  20. ^ "سعید پورصمیمی 25 سال پیش به من تعرض کرده است". خبرگزاری موج (in Persian). Retrieved 2022-05-28.
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  22. ^ "Cannes Film Festival: Iran says protested to France over Holy Spider selection". The New Arab. 1 June 2022. Retrieved 2 June 2022.
  23. ^ "Iran movie feted by Cannes critics banned at home". AFP. 22 June 2022. Retrieved 23 June 2022.

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