Not Without My Daughter

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According to her Iranian-born husband Moody (Molina), Betty Mahmoody (Field) is as American as apple pie. Certainly Moody's family reunion in Tehran ain't her idea of a holiday, and no sooner have they stepped on foreign soil than Betty is accosted by shrieking women beseeching her to cover her head. Things get worse. She's informed that Moody plans to stay in Iran and raise their little girl as a Muslim. The law strips Betty of all her rights, while Moody prevents her from leaving the house. Based on Betty Mahmoody's real-life story, the film emphasises her isolation, surrounded by an incomprehensible language and culture, and by vehement anti-American sentiments. Field captures the sense of outrage to perfection, puffy-eyed, screaming and plotting escape. Appropriately enough, the film is strictly deglamorised; combined with the lack of sympathetic characters, it all adds up to difficult, compelling viewing as we're drawn into the deepening nightmare.

Release details

Duration: 116 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Brian Gilbert
Screenwriter: Brian Gilbert, David Rintels
Cast: Sally Field
Alfred Molina
Sheila Rosenthal
Roshan Seth
Sarah Badel
Mony Rey
George Corraface

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