Hero Review: No good deed goes unpunished in Asghar Farhadi’s moral tale

The behind-the-scenes dramas that accompany this excellent new film are as thorny and complex as the on-screen ones.

If the saying “no good deed goes unpunished” is applied to the “Hero”, this will not be enough to describe the sequence of events from which the main character of the story, Rahim, suffers.

Asghar Farhadi’s latest work, Herothis is a story about morality, as thorny as his previous well-known projects, Salesman as well as Separation. This is a testament to the Oscar-winning Iranian director’s gift for capturing many shades of grey.

He has a light touch, eschews a hard didactic approach to judging his characters, which in turn creates captivating, provocative art that challenges his audience.

Raheem (Amir Jadidi) is a downtrodden divorced father in a debtor’s prison, imprisoned after he fails to pay off a sizeable loan to Bahram (Mohsen Thanabande).

While on vacation for a few days, Rahim and his secret girlfriend Farhonde (Sakhar Goldust) find a purse containing 17 gold coins. When they realize that the gold coins are not enough to pay off his debt, Raheem decides to try and get them back for the person who lost them.

His good deed attracts the attention of the prison authorities, who decide to use Rahim’s seemingly selfless act as an advertisement for the prison, hoping to distract themselves from the recent scandal.

The TV cameras turn on, the media swarms, and hangers-on appear, eager to seize on the sweet story of a debtor who gave away a fortune that he could use to help himself.

A charity raises funds to pay off his debt, and he is promised a job on the council. But Bahram is outraged that the public now considers Rahim to be some kind of saint, and he is a miserly scoundrel who will not forgive a debt.

Then rumors start popping up on social media that Raheem made it all up and things start to change as his integrity comes under attack.

While Farhadi is interested in the concept of “no good deed goes unpunished” through an almost unbelievable chain of events that confuse Rahim, Hero It is also interesting to ask the question, what is a good deed?

Raheem is not a clear hero. He did not immediately return the gold, he is proud, he is not attentive to Brahman, who suffered because of Rahim’s debt, and he quickly becomes enraged.

Farhadi tests the audience’s empathy by revealing Rahim’s involvement in his own death and, to varying degrees, other characters in the story who at first glance appear to be allies but clearly have plans of their own.

Everyone loves being connected to a hero, but watch how they run when it gets tough.

It should be noted that Farhadi, who was accused of plagiarism, was cast a shadow. Heroformer film student Farhadi just lost his case in Iranian courts, but his lawyers are reportedly appealing the verdict. If the decision stands, Farhadi will have to turn over the profits from the film to his former student, Azada Masihzade, and may have to serve a prison sentence.

Farhadi filed a counterclaim against Masihzade for libel, for which she was acquitted, avoiding a two-year prison sentence.

Off-screen drama just adds another layer to the confusing morality Heroespecially since the film has such a clever and wonderfully told story. It would be much easier to figure out how you feel about the plagiarism case if Hero was bad or thematically focused on something else.

Talk about life imitating art.

Rating: 4/5

Hero is in theaters now

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