Monday 22 April 2024
5:21 AM |

Without my Friend

Asal & Niloufar, two happy 15 year-old teenagers make a 3 minute video on their phone and upload it on Youtube, saying they are going to commit suicide.

  • Persian (Farsi)
Production Year
Film Type
Production Countries
  • Iran, Islamic Republic of
Production Company
DEFC (Documentary and Experimental Film Center)

Crew List

Mohammad Ali Talebi
DOP / Camera
Iman Salehi
Zohre Sabaghian
Behrouz Shahamat
Mohammad Ali Talebi

Festivals / Awards

2018: Cinema Verite, Iran Documentary Film Festival, Iran


Mohammad Ali Talebi
Mohammad Ali Talebi


Film Critic

Teenage and suicide

Sahar Asre Azad
Sahar Asre Azad

“Empty place of a friend” is a documentary by Mohammad Ali Talebi, who especially with his pathological approach, has a good record in the field of children and adolescents cinema. His latest creation also deals with the pathology of a silent and inflammatory dilemma among the teenage today; suicide. The idea to find the centerpiece of a documentary film needs an uplifting impulse that has been made possible by the bitter suicide of two Isfahan teenage girls above the Chamran Bridge. The feature of this suicide goes beyond the essence of this unfortunate act, goes back to its spreads and published and the fact that two girls recorded and released a three-minute, funny video before they jump. For this reason, the film can be regarded as the pathology of suicide of this kind and the effect of the virtual space on its expansion, which is also mentioned in the film, after which many instances of this kind have been observed in this city and other cities. The filmmaker in search of motivation of these two girls, goes to Esfahan in the heart of the city’s poetic and romantic atmosphere to pursue this thread. What left from Asal’s family, is a damaged and collapsed family and Niloofar is suffering from physical injuries. Combination of their narration and the fimmaker’s analysis of this bitter  incident is being rooted in this documentary.

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