EVA MULVAD | DENMARK | 2019 | 112 MIN | NR | FARSI, AZERBAIJANI, TURKISH, ENGLISH
A true-life story suffused with the drama and suspense of a thriller, this remarkable documentary tracks the turbulent journey of a couple and their young son as they flee persecution in Iran and navigate the unpredictable, sometimes painful process of seeking asylum in a foreign country. The film picks up in Tehran, where adulterous lovers Leila and Sahand make the desperate decision to escape the country with their young son in tow. With remarkable intimacy, director Eva Mulvad follows the family through moments of crushing disappointment and soaring joy. Providing valuable insight into the refugee experience from the firsthand perspective of those enduring it, Love Child is both urgently topical and a universal testament to the human spirit.
“One of the most absorbing dramas of the year. That it’s real only makes it’s an object of further fascination, fear, and raw hope.” –Indiewire
Part of the Philadelphia Film Society’s NON/FICTION series.