Review: ‘Persian Lessons’

A Gripping WWII Story of Survival And Deception

Persian Lessons, directed by award-winning filmmaker Vadim Perelman (House of Sand and Fog, The Life Before Her Eyes), is a powerful and poignant film set during World War II. The story follows Gilles, a desperate man who narrowly escapes execution by lying about his identity and claiming to be Persian. He barely escapes with his life by only mere minutes when he possesses an Iranian book inscribed to that Persian family’s son, Reza. However, this lie leads him down a path of more profound tension, fear, and tragedy as he has to invent a language he has never heard spoken before. With incredible attention to detail and outstanding performances, Persian Lessons captivates from start to finish.

From the moment the film begins, viewers will be mesmerized by a gripping narrative that explores the lengths people will go to survive. Nahuel Pérez Biscayart delivers a superb performance as Gilles, perfectly portraying the character’s struggles, fear, and resilience. Lars Eidinger shines as Head of Camp Koch, bringing depth and complexity to a uniquely stubborn yet strangely likable character with his conflicting desires. The chemistry between the two actors adds tension and intrigue to the story, leaving viewers on the edge of their seats.

Every scene in Persian Lessons is crafted with meticulous attention to detail, immersing the audience in the harsh reality of occupied France during World War II. The cinematography by Vladislav Opelyants captures the era’s essence, showcasing the somber tones and contrasting moments of hope. The sets and costumes are flawless, transporting viewers to the bleakness of what lies ahead. The result is an atmospherically somber experience that will keep audiences captivated.

The film’s music complements each scene’s mood beautifully and meticulously. Evgueni Galperine and Sacha Galperine’s score adds depth and emotion to the film, enhancing the audience’s connection with the characters and their struggles. The haunting melodies and subtle compositions further elevate the tension and poignancy of the story, leaving a lasting impact.

Persian Lessons is a touching and powerful film that demands the attention of its audience; including Ilja Zofin’s wonderful writing adaptation from the foundation of the novel by Wolfgang Kohlhaase. Vadim Perelman’s direction and outstanding performances by Nahuel Pérez Biscayart and Lars Eidinger create a gripping narrative that explores the complexities of survival, deception, and the human spirit during one of history’s darkest periods. With its attention to detail, immersive visuals, and captivating music, Persian Lessons is a must-watch film that leaves an ever-lasting impression.

Persian Lessons will hit DC and other select theaters on June 16th. Expanding further nationwide on June 23rd.

Persian Lessons
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review-persian-lessonsDirected by Vadim Perelman, Persian Lessons is a powerful and poignant film set during World War II. The story follows Gilles, a desperate man who narrowly escapes execution by falsely claiming to be Persian. As he weaves a web of lies to survive, tension, fear, and tragedy ensue. With meticulous attention to detail, outstanding performances, and an immersive atmosphere, this film captivates viewers from beginning to end, delving into the depths of human resilience and the lengths one will go to survive.