Joy of Madness

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  • Documentaries
Not quite pitched on the heroic-tragic scale of behind-the-scenes unveilings like Burden of Dreams or Hearts of Darkness, the youngest Makhmalbaf's documentary on the casting process for her sister Samira's film At Five in the Afternoon implicitly draws a fine line: between a well-intentioned desire to place the contemporary plight of the Afghan people on a global stage, and sheer, blind, barrelling ambition. A director in search of a lead actress, the queenly, indomitable Samira is the tempestuous star of Joy of Madness - sometimes batting her lashes like a silent screen coquette, more often shouting and jabbing fingers to get her way. JWin.

Release details

Rated: PG
Duration: 73 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Hana Makhmalbaf
Screenwriter: Hana Makhmalbaf
Cast: Samira Makhmalbaf
Agheleh Rezaei
Mohsen Makhmalbaf
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