Betty Mahmoody claims she was told from the beginning that it would only be a two week visit to see her husband's family in Tehran. He is still in search of his beloved daughter, Mahtob Mahmoody. The Iranian revolution resulted in an attack on the American Embassy and Americans were held hostage in a few separate incidences. To those I would say, unless you are Persian or Iranian, you should not comment on this film at all. Very informative about the current oppressive regime in Iran. So although Iranian culture and the Farsi language is quite distinct from Arab culture and is Persian in origin, there is no doubt that it is at least somewhat influenced by Arabic ways.
That means that movie producers are free to make any movie to which they think they can sell tickets. I don't know if anyone in the entire film has ever seen, been to, or talked to anyone from Iran or anywhere else in the Middle East , but the portrayal of the Iranian people is disgusting. His policies were also blamed for the widening gap between the rich and the poor. In all my life time i have never seen women being treated so badly except in this movie, as i have said before i have lived in Iran most of my life and can tell you that not even the most religious people wear the veils at home. A note on Persian culture and language.
Yet at the same time we should stubbornly believe in a concept of fair play - even fair play for those who might not play fair with us. Second, the Persian family that is presented here in this lousy American propaganda movie is a very unusual family. But post-revolution Iran is no more representative of thousands of years of Persian culture than Italy under Mussolini was representative of a land that produced the Roman Empire and Michelangelo. If you haven't been to Iran, please do not believe what you see in this movie. It was obviously tried to show everything about Iran dirty, ugly, primitive and savage. A bombing did occur near the school, wiping out entire city blocks, but that happened during the night when no one was in attendance. Wanting to see his homeland again, he convinces his wife to take a short holiday there with him and Mahtob.
They would not let her come back unless Betty stayed in the office all day to keep Mahtob calm and cooperative. As for the comments about the mother being selfish and not respecting his wishes. She spoke the truth about everything and it is much worse than she even described. The other members of her husband's family make little effort to communicate with her - other than to give orders or repeat religious truths. Islam is not a religion that reflects Western beliefs about human dignity.
If a movie of such a vitriolic and spiteful nature were to be made in America about any other ethnic group, it would be denounced as racist and prejudiced. The acting is awful to. When researching the Not Without My Daughter real story, it was discovered that while they did encounter a number of air raids, none occurred during school hours. As the film opens, the Mahmoodys live quietly in a small town in Michigan where Moody is a doctor at a local hospital. So far the movie has been viewed 416 times. The score by was also not well received. Sayyed pleads with the woman at the embassy to help him reach his daughter.
I give it an 8 out of 10. The film stars as Betty, an ordinary American mom in all respects but one - she has married an Iranian who is a doctor at the local hospital. Betty and Moody became friends with her and her husband Hormoz. Betty finds no help at the Swiss Embassy, since, being married to an Iranian, she automatically becomes an Iranian citizen too, and subject to Iranian laws regarding women. Sally Field carries the film on her emotional, gut-wrenching performance and the viewer feels her horror when she finds herself forced to erase her existence. He forgot that American women don't like to be bossed around.
Mahmoody took Mahtob to live with his relatives, Mostafa and Malouk, a few blocks away. She managed to escape 18 months later, taking their 5-year-old daughter with her to and back to the United States. Sally Field delivers a first-rate performance, at first struggling to understand what appears to be a whole new personality in her husband, then simply resolving to get her daughter and herself back home whatever it takes. Can you tell me about an American movie that has been made about Iran that is positive? Groups of boys were often picked up at parks and schools to be put in the war. Betty seemed unable to comprehend that the assertive, pushy, go anywhere, independent western woman is very offensive to many cultures, and not just Islamic.
Although they had lived on Thunder Bay River, this was not their home when they departed for Iran. Sally Fields performance was certainly good. All is seen from the point of view of Betty, who is shown surrounded by harsh, cruel religious fanatics. I hope he never got to see or talk to his daughter again. Mahmoody took Mahtob to live with his relatives, Mostafa and Malouk, a few blocks away.
But you can't have a 'woman in peril' with no peril. The man sympathized with Betty and was not fond of the revolution in Iran. The fact is that no one can comprehend the differences in culture and religion until they have lived it. This isn't, after all, a documentary about life in Iran. Advertisement Her husband, Moody , suffers from racist taunts at the hospital, and grows homesick when he telephones to his family back in Iran. This is starting to sound like i'm trying to say that Iran is a first world country which has freedom in every way, it's not!!! And, in spite of it all, Alfred Molina does what he can with his part and manages, despite all odds, to make Moody, if not sympathetic, at least understandable. These are literally Persian names and titles.
It really is truly awful, but awfully fun. Betty and Mahtob were to be driven with an Iranian family from Tehran to Tabriz in northwestern Iran. First of all it's filmed in the most deserted and horrifying areas around Kabul Afghanistan and we are supposed to think its Tehran, the capitol of Iran. I agree this would have been a good Lifetime drama, but not a bad movie at all. This movie actually sugar coated a lot of things. And about the Israeli comments; do you honestly not think there's an implicit bias in having a film about Islamic Iran filmed in Israel with Israeli actors? The following Christmas, in 1985, was recognized.