ALWAYS LATE FOR FREEDOM
(director/writer: Mehrdad Oskouei; cinematographer: Ashkan Ashkani;
Khaledi; music: Ali Samadpour; cast: Ali,
Sajjid, Vahid; Runtime: 52; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Mehrdad
Media International; 2008-Iran-in Farsi with
"It gives the foreign viewer a rough idea of prisoner treatment for juveniles inside an Iranian correction facility."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
filmmaker Mehrdad Oskouei ("The Other Side of the
Burka"/"Nose Iranian Style") directs this documentary
about teenage boy inmates in a juvenile correction
center in Tehran. It covers the routines of the center
and the boys' reactions to being there. The ten teens
observed are in prison for crimes such as crack
addiction, stabbing and stealing. They're all
homesick, missing their mothers.
Their prison life starts
with a buzz cut. Their routines include daily Moslem
prayers, regular visits by a cheerful Moslem cleric,
play time and TV time, work details and on Tuesday
only visits by their relations.
The film consists of
someone unseen and unidentified asking the inmates
softball questions. The most talkative prisoner is a
13-year-old crack addict named Vahid, who received a
two month sentence when his mom had him arrested after
she gave him two months to quit his habit and he
didn't. The common thread among the prisoners is that
they have family problems that they can't cope with.
It's not a particularly
revealing film, but it gives the foreign viewer a
rough idea of prisoner treatment for juveniles inside
an Iranian correction facility.
REVIEWED ON 10/14/2011 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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