The Broker

Showings

TIFF Bell Lightbox 4 Sat, Apr 28, 2018 5:45 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 7 Mon, Apr 30, 2018 2:45 PM
Revue Cinema Fri, May 4, 2018 3:30 PM
Film Info
Runtime:61
Copyright:2018
Country Listing:Iran
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Rating:PG
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Language:Persian
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Her Story
Love & Relationships
Middle East
By Program - Sort:Closed Captions & Full Subtitles
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Azadi Moghadam
Producer(s):Azadi Moghadam
Editor(s):Azade Salimian
Writer(s):Azadi Moghadam
Cinematography:Azadi Moghadam
Sound:Ensieh Maleki

Description

In a traditional Iranian dating agency, the manager, Mrs. Sadri, and her female employees are dead set on finding their clients a husband—regardless of their personal feelings or preferences. Shuffling through files and making agitated phone calls, they constantly remind their mortified customers that it's the man who gets to choose, and that a woman without a spouse doesn't have an identity. Even a temporary marriage would be better than remaining unwed, they say. Which doesn't mean these surprising brokers don't harshly lecture their male clientele as well, or that their conservative views don't come with a good dose of humour—especially since two of them are, ironically, single. Shot almost entirely inside a tiny office, The Broker conveys a sense of claustrophobia that mirrors many women's situations, and offers a shocking, tragicomic reminder that the fiercest agents of the patriarchy aren't always men. Charlotte Selb

Included Shorts

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Additional Information

The Kit - "10 MUST-SEE DOCUMENTARIES AT THE HOT DOCS FILM FESTIVAL"

In the Seats - 3 Stars, "The Broker shows that our natural desire for love, affection and respect can never truly be erased"

Screen Anarchy - "Hot Docs 2018 Curtain Raiser: From M.I.A. To MeToo"