The Ehsan House mental health hospital in South Tehran encourages patients to form relationships with each other, get married and live as a family. For the past 20 years its 480 patients have lived in separate male and female units, but in 2017 the head of the centre secured money to build a new unit of marital facilities.
As a selection committee begins evaluating patients, hidden affections come to the surface. Finally, the team selects two patients to form the first couple. Are these two patients capable of having a relationship that leads to marriage?
Dir. Atieh Attarzadeh Firozabad & Hesam Eslami - 80min - 2019 - Iran, France, Qatar
"an insight into a hopeful but potentially controversial experiment conducted in a psychiatric hospital in Iran" - Cineuropa
"thematically rich...an intimate portrait of a closed community and the people who inhabit it" - Screen Daily
"a very brave documentary" - Asian Movie Pulse
"a thought-provoking work...a fascinating and stunning examination of love and mental illness" - POV Magazine