Tehran Taboo (2017)

In this gorgeously animated drama, the lives of several strong-willed women and a young musician intersect. Their stories reveal the hypocrisies of modern Iranian society, where sex, drugs, and corruption coexist with strict religious law.

Films like this are the reason why I love cinema. Films that score a 10/10 on every level: Realistic and unique characters that live and breathe on screen. Beautiful cinematography and editing. A meaningful message to tell the audience, done in a very tasteful and respectable way (not like, BAM here is the moral of our story, THE END! – perfect example: Call Me by Your Name).

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Tehran Taboo will leave you thinking – our haunt you, depending on what you like – about it for a long time. It’s equally fascinating and heartbreaking to see how all these characters are innocent victims of their own culture. I learnt a lot about Iran, and how these “taboo” issues are being swept under the rug in their society. When I looked back on the film, I realised that no one in the film was inherently a bad or evil character, and yet because of what their strict cultural beliefs enforced upon them, they couldn’t be honest with one another (or with themselves, for that matter), and they ultimately end up getting hurt in some way.

I loved how this film focused more on the females living in Tehran. It was very empowering to watch how they dealt head on with these issues. The film picked females from different levels of their society, and showed us how things still could go wrong even if you had money. All the females were still subjected to some sort of unfair treatment by the men of their society, and it’s sobering to see their undying strength in the face of such circumstances. That being said – there were also several good men (and a good boy) in this film, I’m not trying to say all men are bad, and blahblahblah #feminism.


Fiction at it’s best, makes you believe in the world that’s been so masterfully created and presented to you. I highly recommend Tehran Taboo, it’s beautiful, meaningful, heartbreaking and thought-provoking. I’m also a new fan of rotoscope animation, the colours of this film was just breathtaking.