Sometimes

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Director: Hadi Dinevari
Producer: Hadi Dinevari and Amirhassan Asgari
Screenwriter: Hadi Dinevari and Naser Farzinfar

A film that is “sometimes” about loss, and “sometimes” loneliness. The male character has lost his wife, but is still daydreaming of living with her, pours drinks for her, brings her fruit, listens to her singing in the shower, and so on.
From the opening scene where we see the woman in the rear-view mirror of the man’s car, the director makes it clear that the woman lives in the illusory dream world of the man, not in a real world.
In that first scene, the female character picks up the plastic bag that the man has left there and goes out of the frame, but when the man returns to the car, the very same bag is still there waiting for the man to pick it up. The director basically makes it clear from the first scene that the story is about how the character of the man deals with this situation; the loss of his wife and his own loneliness.
The film shows that a big part of the world we live in is made up of loss and we experience it in each and every moment of our lives. In fact, in its deeper layers, the movie is not about the pain and suffering of the man from the loss of his wife, but about the concept of loss all over any lifetime. All through the film, we see and feel this loss. The film uses empty spaces, intentional lack of dialogue, the house without a wife (even in the man’s dream) to somehow shout out this unmissable loss.
Cold and empty spaces added to the character’s silence empower the director in expressing the experience of loss and non-existence. For instance, not only many scenes are without any dialogue but also the male character is absent from some of such frames, which emphasizes on the theme and essence of the film.
On the other hand, the film’s world is full of loneliness. The arrangement of furniture and objects takes the concept beyond solely the man’s loneliness. No one can be seen in the corridor, the coat rack is bare (nothing is hanging on it), Lonely vase, lonely desk lamp, lonely picture frame, lonely t-shirt hanging in the bathroom.
In the end, the director is trying to get to something beyond a mere feeling of loneliness and share a side of his own world with us which is full of loss and loneliness.

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