I am sexually attracted to Iranian cinema.
There is No Evil features four stories that all focus on Iran’s death penalty. The director, who was issued a permanent government issued ban from filmmaking due to a majority of his films being critical of the country’s leadership, doesn’t jump to outright condemn his country’s actions. Instead, he takes a much more composed, non biased, and blisteringly real approach to the topic of capital punishment. His stories aren’t about good and evil, but rather cause and effect. The film itself is enough of a political statement against Iran, and Director Rasoulof shows that being the hero and/or following orders both come with consequences. That beyond the convicted, the executioners, the forced laborers, the soldiers, and the families, we are still all human. I wish the last two stories were as captivating and powerful as the first two but wow this film was great.
8.8 / 10