No Bed of Roses
Panorama | Contemporary World Cinema
Indian star Irrfan Khan is riveting as a vain filmmaker who leaves his wife for his daughter’s classmate in Mostofa Sawar Farooki’s realistic dissection of family dysfunction. Khan is successful director Javed Hasan, an energetic, extroverted egoist and an unhappy husband, who falls for his young leading lady—and friend of his daughter—Nitu (Parno Mittra), rationalizing his actions as those of an artist searching for meaning. As scandal envelops the family (Bangladesh remains a socially conservative country), Hazan’s behaviour tears his family apart… With a dispassionate camera that captures every subtle expression and action, Sawar Farooki crafts probing visuals with a cool detachment that perfectly matches Khan’s layered performance, making this a very memorable drama of domestic discord.
"Based on a celebrity scandal that shook conservative Bangladesh society, No Bed of Roses avoids every tabloid ingredient the story potentially holds… The film ponders the big existential questions of why happiness never lasts and whether loneliness is a pre-existing human condition. Directed with an assured and graceful touch that evokes the elegiac tone of a requiem, Mostofa Sarwar Farooki proves he’s a singular voice in Bangladeshi cinema… [while] Irrfan Khan deliver[s] another sublime lead performance…"—Maggie Lee, Variety
Jury Prize, Moscow 17