Last Name Challenge \ Sahar Asrazad Review of “Orduckly ”
27 April 2018 - 19:40
“Ordak-li” is the third film by Behrouz Gharibpour, the well-known figure of Iranian theater. A black and white movie about a boy, called Bayram Oradak-li, in the 1320s or 30s (1940’s/50’s). He comes to Tehran from Tabriz his mother’s treatment where his accent and last name turn into a big challenge with his classmates. The main part of the story and drama, a nostalgic recreation of the era limited to a few locations, take place in school, based on the relationships between students, teachers, the principal and the janitor. While these relationships are self-evident, yet they are influenced by the public image of that period. This applies to characters and relationships of people and makes them familiar and nostalgic. The concept of originality and return to the roots, which is reflected in Bayram’s surname and accent, is addressed and developed at the heart of this vision. The film tries to present a broader picture of ethnicity, originality and roots through emphasis on local Azari music and portraying some of their customs and rituals. Discovering these aspects can make the movie nostalgically attractive for the adult audience.