Reza (Reza Akhlaghirad), a professor who is now a goldfish farmer in a village, quietly tends to his own affairs alongside his school principal wife. After his river-sourced water supply is cut off, Reza's goldfish begin dying. His attempt to reopen his sluice is met with a violent attack by a mysterious man from a shadowy organization known as simply "the company." Reza refuses to bribe his way out of mounting legal problems, but he quickly discovers the steep price to be paid for holding on to principles in a system where greed trumps morality. Winner of the Un Certain Regard Prize at Cannes in 2017.
"Although the film will be banned in its home nation, fests and niche arthouse distributors in most territories will welcome this brave, underground production for the way it manages to resonate on both specific and universal levels." - Variety
"A saturnine morality tale that unfolds in shades of rainy gray beneath leaden, overcast skies, gritting up the nation's cinematic tradition of humanist drama to an almost unrecognizable degree." - The Playlist
"Mohammad Rasoulof’s angry damnation of political corruption is posed to be one of the juggernauts when it comes to foreign picture selections come awards time. On a side-note, I will say that Reza Akhlaghirad has one of the greatest ‘pissed-off’ faces in cinema, a cold gaze that would intimidate any person." - Film Inquiry