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All Hell Let Loose

This is a story about a family in chaos. Serbandi, a middle-aged man, has lost control of the women in his home. They ignore him, and his attempts to live up to his patriarchal duties lead only to absurd situations.
PTI | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2003 07:33 PM IST

ALL HELL LET LOOSE
Original Title: Hus i Helvete
Sweden, 2002
Director: Susan Taslimi

This is a story about a family in chaos. Serbandi, a middle-aged man, has lost control of the women in his home. They are mean and show no respect. They ignore him, and his attempts to live up to his patriarchal duties lead only to absurd situations.

Serbandi’s life is in turmoil from the day his oldest daughter Minoo arrives from the USA where she has made her living as a dancer in a nightclub. Serbandi does not realise that to love is to be able to let go, Minoo’s mother Nana longs, late in life, to make a career, her sister Gita is in love, Sami is a confused young boy facing manhood. And there is a grandmother who sees it all.

The events in the film take place during the preparations for the wedding of the younger daughter. In the course of a few days, a war breaks out between the father and his strong-willed daughter and everybody around them is dragged into the conflict. In a final battle the daughter reveals the truth about her life and the father is forced to see himself through the eyes of others.

Screenplay:
Susan Taslimi

Cinematography:
Robert Nordström

Editing:
Lasse Summanen

Music:

Ale Möller

Production:
Anita Oxburgh, Migma Film AB

Principal cast:

Melinda Kinnaman, Hassan Brijany, Caroline Rauf, Meliz Karlge, Omid Mottaghi, Bibi Azizi, Dennis Önder

Production details: 35mm / colour / 89 mins

Director:
Susan Taslimi started her career in films in 1980. She worked closely with one of Iran's legendary directors - Bahram Bayzai. Her portrayals of women and open protests against the political and cultural atmosphere after the Islamic revolution created a threatening situation, which forced her to leave Iran.

In 1987, at the height of her film career, she escaped to Sweden. Three years later she was back on the stage acting in Swedish. She also played the lead in Reza Parsa’s film, The Border, which won an Oscar.

All Hell Let Loose marks her debut as a film director.

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