Trailerama: Frontier Blues

Life along Iran’s northern border is, we hear, a laugh a minute. Correction: Not in Babak Jalali’s debut feature. The desolate plain is populated with small disappointments, whether its a clothing store that has nothing wearable in stock, or a musician still pining for the wife who has stolen from him years ago. The formal stylistic approach evident in this trailer suggests a writer-director who has absorbed the work of filmmakers like Jarmusch. So there might even be a wry sense of humor. The use of static long shots, however, could make some audiences a little fidgety.

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