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Maryam (2002)



Critic Consensus: A well-made coming of age drama elevated by its evocative setting, Maryam marks writer-director Ramin Serry as an emerging talent to watch.

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Ramin Serry explores such issues as global politics, ideological conflict, and puberty in this coming-of-age film about being an Iranian-American teenager during the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Maryam (Mariam Parris) longs to be just a normal New Jersey 16-year-old, but her traditionalist father Darius (Shaun Toub) keeps her on a short rein. Maryam's modest goal is further hampered when her Iranian cousin Ali (David Ackert) comes to stay with them. Though Ali's stridently fundamentalist views represent all that Maryam has come to resent, the two gradually form a friendship of sorts. Meanwhile, Ali's vehement anti-Shah beliefs, coupled with his knowledge of a dark family secret, creates tension between himself and Darius. At the same time, Maryam notices a change in her neighbors' reactions toward her family as the conflict in Iran grows ever more ugly. This film was screened at the 2000 L.A. Independent Film Festival.

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Shaun Toub
as Darius Armin
Mariam Parris
as Mary Armin
David Ackert
as Ali Armin
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Critic Reviews for Maryam

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (14)

A lovely, intricate coming-of-age portrait set in a cross-cultural context, "Maryam" reps a promising debut from Ramin Serry.

March 27, 2009

High on melodrama. But it's emotionally engrossing, too, thanks to strong, credible performances from the whole cast.

July 26, 2002

A searing reminder of the relevance of recent history and of the timeless power of fiction to humanize people and crystallize sweeping events into personal drama.

July 20, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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It is enthralling and evocative, despite some flaws.

June 7, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Uncannily in tune with contemporary global events.

April 19, 2002 | Rating: 3/4

Maryam is more timely now than ever.

April 12, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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