Frontier Blues

Internet Video Archive

On Iran’s northern frontier with Turkmenistan, the land of “heartbreak and tractors”, first time director Babak Jalali mines absurdist humour and quiet pathos from the immutable routines of a stranded group of men. Hassan, a Persian with Cokebottle glasses, whose only pal is his ever-present donkey, collects license plates and listens to a Francoise Hardy song over and over. His uncle runs a clothing store whose items never seem to fit his customers. A Turkmen minstrel (posing for a Tehrani