Iranian director Mona Zandi helmed her gritty, hard-bitten family drama Friday Evening from a script authored by Farid Mostafavi. Roya Nonahali and Mehrdad Sedighian co-star as Sougand and Omid, a single ex-con and her bastard teenage son, sharing house in Tehran. Prone to swiping cash from his mother's purse and constantly missing school, Omid teeters on the verge of unabashed juvenile delinquency. More broadly, the emotional barriers projected by the adolescent and his mother leave an icy void between them that widens with each passing day. When Sougand's emotionally stable and conservative younger sister, Banafsheh (Haniyeh Tavasoli), arrives in the city to study at a local university, and visits Sougand and Omid, she immediately senses the issues that plague her sister and nephew, and begins to guide the two toward deep, lasting reconciliation.
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