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The Last Step

Peleh akhar

2012 / Iran / 88 min / N-13
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Director(s) - Ali Mosaffa
Screenwriter(s) - Ali Mosaffa
Actors -
Leila Hatami, Ali Mosaffa, Alireza Aghakhani, Hamed Behdad
Producer(s) - Ali Mosaffa
Cinematographer - Ali Barazande
Editor(s) - Fardin Sahebzamani
Composer(s) -
Production company -
Dialogues - Persian
Subtitles - Lithuanian, English
"I always lost track of past events, even before my death," says the deceased protagonist of Ali Mosaffa's "The Last Step", inviting us down the rabbit hole of this playful puzzle of a film. The narrator is Koshrow (Mosaffa), a depressed architect who has just died in a mysterious fall. Mosaffa peels away the layers of the story to explore Koshrow's mercurial marriage to Leili, a successful and independent actress, played by Mossafa's real-life wife (Leila Hatami from "A Separation"). The story is complicated by the arrival of Amin, a mysterious doctor seeking a part in Leili's next film. Drawing inspiration from Tolstoy's "The Death of Ivan Ilyich," Joyce's "The Dead" and its self-referential setting inside the Iranian film community, "The Last Step" is an elegantly constructed and intellectually rewarding film. Its non-linear narrative freely shuffles points-of-view to explore the nature of memory, cinema and storytelling.

About Directors

Ali Mosaffa (b. 1966 in Tehran, Iran).


"Incubus" (1991, short), "Rush" (1993, short), "The Deceit of Poesy" (1996, short), "The Neighbor" (1999, short), "Portrait of a Lady Faraway" (2005), "The Last Step" (2012, "Kino pavasaris").