Asghar Farhadi has proved himself to be a master filmmaker again with his most recent movie, A Hero. The movie tells the story of Rahim (Amir Jadidi), who is in prison because of a debt he was unable to repay. During a two-day leave, he finds a bag of gold coins and is confronted with the dilemma as to whether he uses the gold to pay off some of his debt or return it to the owner.
The movie is a masterfully told story of morality and human nature, with Farhadi slowly revealing the true nature of each of his characters. Jadidi gives an amazing performance as Rahim, a man who is struggling to do the right thing when things don’t always make it easy to do so. The structure of the narrative is expertly handled, with flashbacks to key moments in Rahim’s life that help to explain his actions. The pacing is perfect, and the movie is never anything less than compelling.
A Hero is a movie that will stay with you long after you’ve seen it. It’s a powerful story of morality, human nature, and what it means to be a hero. Highly recommended.
(In cinemas in Australia – check your movie guide for your local show times.)