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Directed by Ali Mosaffa

2012, in Persian with English subtitles


88 minutes




The Last Step

Pele akher

Narrating this murder mystery from beyond the grave, architect Khosrow (director and star Ali Mosaffa) recalls his downfall and his complicated marriage to a beautiful actress (Leila Hatami, who appeared in the Academy Award-winning A Separation). In only his second feature, Mosaffa realizes an extraordinarily rich, emotional drama, brimming with invention and surprise.

"The movie engrosses from beginning to end as an inventive, playful, semi-tragic drama of marriage, jealousy, love, death and filmmaking in modern-day Tehran." —Indiewire

"The Last Step is partly based on both Tolstoy’s novella The Death of Ivan Ilyich and James Joyce’s The Dead, although the rich tapestry of song, poetry, and gallows humour woven into the narrative goes right back to classical Persian literature." —Hollywood Reporter