Persian Lessons

Persian Lessons

Persian Lessons

A Belgian Jew (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, BPM (Beats Per Minute)) feigns being Persian to survive the concentration camps in this French-Russian war drama.

Committed to his role, he winds up teaching Farsi to a Nazi chef (Lars Eidinger, Familienfest) whose dream it is to become a restaurateur in Iran once the war is over.

2020Rating: M, Mature themes, violence, coarse language, sexual references and brief nudity127 minsGermany, RussiaGerman and French with English subtitles
DramaWar

Persian Lessons / Reviews

Variety

Variety

A wildly implausible and downright manipulative mix of wrenching human tragedy and absurdist comedy...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Impressive ending and acting, though it has a wobbly handle on its characters.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Persian Lessons is more credible as a psychological study - and, if a performance can rescue a film, it’s Biscayart’s portrayal of Gilles.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Well made and well acted but Ilja Zofin's script is filled with well-trodden World War II tropes, and the longer this improbable parable goes on, the less convincingly it holds up.

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