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68th Berlin International Film Festival: Dressage Review

Dressage Review

The growing divide within social classes is a global problem, and the contemporary Iranian society is no exception. With his feature debut Dressage, director Pooya Badkoobeh brings attention to this divide from a fresh angle – through the eyes of a stubborn teen girl whose story serves to shed a light not only on the class, but also the generational divide. The world premiere of Dressage at the 68th Berlinale received even more attention after it got the special mention in the ‘Generations 14plus’ section.

Even though reluctant at first, she goes for the video, but instead of giving it to the other members of her group, she decides to hide it in the only place she deems safe: a nearby stable. The stable seems to be the only place where Golsa’s face is adorned with a carefree smile; she feels a special affinity with the stable’s jewel – their dressage horse, whose freedom seems to be as limited as Golsa perceives her own to be. But trouble starts only here; her friends try to threaten her to get the video, and soon, the adults get involved, and Golsa, who has been quietly trying to deal with what she and her group did, is faced with pressure, guilt and hypocrisy of those who should have offered guidance and support, their actions reflecting the lacking morals of the society itself.

68th Berlin International Film Festival: Dressage Review