Having fallen foul of the pension crisis after five decades of law-abiding, tax-paying citizenship, retired couple Martha (Virginia McKenna, Born Free) and Arthur (Bernard Hill, Wolf Hall) are forced into an unexpected life of crime in this star-studded comedy heist caper.
Martha and Arthur refuse to accept this injustice of old age. The plan is simple – the financial industry has stolen their hard-earned pensions, so they’re going to steal them back, sorting out their down-on-their-luck friends and saving their social club from being turned into a supermarket at the same time.
Directed by John Miller (Living in Hope) and produced by Mark Foligno (The King’s Speech), this charming comedy gathers an ensemble of renowned British stars including Alun Armstrong (Braveheart), Una Stubbs (Sherlock), Philip Davis (Poldark), Sue Johnston (Downton Abbey) and Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral).
As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war torn Tehran of the 80s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home.
"The first great horror movie of the year"
Shideh and her family live amid the chaos of the Iran-Iraq war (known colloquially as The War of the Cities). Accused of subversion by the post-Revolution government and blacklisted from medical college, she falls into a state of malaise.
Conscripted to the army, her husband is sent to the frontlines leaving Shideh all alone to protect their young daughter Dorsa, all the while Tehran is under the constant threat of aerial bombardment. Not long after, a missile hits their apartment building and while failing to explode, a neighbour dies in mysterious circumstances. Following this Dorsa’s behaviour becomes increasingly disturbed and Shideh is slowly drawn into a mania, in which she struggles to cling onto what is real and what is not.
Searching for answers, Shideh learns from a superstitious neighbour that the cursed, unexploded missile might have brought with it Djinn – malevolent Middle-Eastern spirits that travel on the wind. Convinced that a supernatural force within the building is attempting to possess Dorsa, Shideh finds she has no choice but to confront these forces if she is to save her daughter and herself