Men at Work - 2006

Directed by Mani Haghighi

In a movie based on an idea from Abbas Kiarostami, four men in the mist of mid-life crises take it upon themselves to dislodge a huge rock they come across on the way back from a ski trip. As it becomes more apparent that the task is nearly impossible, the group only becomes more and more determined.

Color, 1 hour 17 minutes, Farsi

Original Title: Kargaran Mashghoul-e Karand

Trailer currently not available, Watch Scene (Farsi w/English subtitles)

Star Rating


Firouzan Rank # 45

Cast


Atilla Pesyani Morteza
Mahmoud Kalari Mohsen
Ahmad Hamed Mohammad
Omid Rohani Nader
Fatemeh Motamed Arya Mina
Reza Kianian Jalal
Mahnaz Afshar Sahar

Crew


Writer Mani Haghighi
Director Mani Haghighi
Producer Mohammad Reza Takhtkeshian
Director of Photography Kouhyar Kalari
Sound Recordist Mohsen Roshan
Amin Mirshekari
Production Designer Amir Esbati
Editor Mastaneh Mohajer
Music Dmitri Shostakovich
Peiyman Yazdanian

Pictures


A lively discussion amongst old friends.

A lively discussion amongst old friends.

Back down the mountain road after a failed ski trip.

Back down the mountain road after a failed ski trip.

The out of place rock.

The out of place rock.

The group quickly finds that the rock will not come down by brute strength alone.

The group quickly finds that the rock will not come down by brute strength alone.

Break time.

Break time.

The movie deals with each group member's relationships (or lack there of) with the fairer sex.

The movie deals with each group member's relationships (or lack there of) with the fairer sex.

Even the aid of a truck does not cause the rock to budge.

Even the aid of a truck does not cause the rock to budge.

A new resolve.

A new resolve.

Man and rock.

Man and rock.

Seeing the fruits of his labor.

Seeing the fruits of his labor.

DVD


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External Reviews


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By Ron Wilkinson Monsters & Critics

Screened as part of the International Narrative Competition at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, the Iranian allegory "Men at Work" is as fun as it is amazing.

Director Mani Haghighi and co-writer Abbas Kiarostami have managed to shoot a very Iranian film that has the unmistakable look and feel of an hour long American beer commercial.

This is not to put the film down because it only enhances the bizarre dreamland that the audience is drawn into as the plot about four average men on a weekend holiday unfolds.

As the car jostles along the men give us brief accounts of their current situations. Each has his own story to tell about the trials and tribulations of being a guy in the modern world. Most of the situations involve women in one way or another and none of the situations has a particular beginning or end. Continued



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