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A tale of "temporary marriage"--a ritual in Islamic countries--this box-office hit from Iran offers insight into that country's contemporary attitude toward relationships and marriage. Small-town factory manager Mahmoud travels to Tehran to visit his injured partner. There he meets and falls for Sima, a modern Iranian woman who is much different than Mahmoud's servile wife. He asks Sima to join him in a "temporary marriage," but the relationship does not turn out like he envisions. Director Behrooz Afkhami--who is also a member of the Iranian Parliament--delivers a suspenseful story as well as a telling portrait of Iran's upper middle class.