Youness was basically on his lunch break. But when the very pregnant, panicky and wounded Sedighe gets into his taxi, he takes her to hospital after all. Not for the money, but because it’s the right thing to do. But in hospital he is held responsible for the woman he brought in. Iranian law does not allow for any extramarital relationships and Sedighe has no husband.
And so Youness remains silent. For as long as he can, he avoids the choice between two moral evils. If he confirms he is her husband, he will be held responsible for her broken rib and illegitimate child. If he denies, she will lose her child. How long can he keep up his help for her if his society works against him in everything?
Reza Mirkarimi sketches the internal battle of the taciturn Youness in a subtle drama, the official Iranian Oscar submission for 2015. His realistic style is filled with subtle symbolism for the alert listener.