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26 Ratings

The Charmer


Directed by Milad Alami
Denmark, Sweden, 2017
Drama, Thriller, Romance


An intense psychological drama about Esmail, a young Iranian man who is desperately looking to meet women who can secure his stay in Denmark. As time is running out he falls in love and his past catches up with him.

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The Charmer Directed by Milad Alami
I enjoyed this Danish-Swedish coproduction as a contemporary update of the sort of story most associated with Honoré de Balzac—i.e., one that scrutinizes the workings of sex and power as a means of commenting on larger social structures.
January 03, 2019
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The first-time director’s film is a restrained look at the desperation and alienation faced by immigrants like Esmail.
December 07, 2018
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A sharply crafted drama that has elements of noirish suspense, the Danish-Swedish coproduction, which is distinguished by exceptionally fine performances by its three leading actors, offers an incisive, penetrating look at the psychological disorientation and dilemmas of people caught between cultures.
December 05, 2018
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