I struggled with two issues. One was the stability of the comedy and the drama. One other was to have an epic story that was so intimate. That was essential for me, to not get misplaced within the interval element however to know that this can be a story of primarily three girls and to essentially floor it. And to try this, I made a decision that every character would have a unique style that’s reflective of who they’re: In order that the daughter is extra ’80s-’90s pop. The grandmother is a tall teller of tales, as all grandmothers are, so she will get a spaghetti western. After which the mom, who, though she’s created a brand new identification, continues to be traumatized by an outdated previous — what you sometimes consider Persian movies, which is like [an Abbas] Kiarostami type of movie.
For me, it was essential that every one three girls get to inform not less than their model of the story. After I was writing it, I couldn’t crack the story till I noticed my mom was the opposite author. As a result of she got here to this nation to write down her personal future, rewrite her life. As soon as I obtained that, every part else fell into place. I noticed all the lads are only a refrain to our tales. And sometimes, it’s the opposite method round.
On that notice, do you actually have eight brothers?
In actual life, I’ve seven brothers. Within the story, I’ve eight. However I did develop up with one rest room. I’m very traumatized to at the present time. I simply need to have my very own rest room. [Laughs]
The chaos of many siblings provides levity for positive. The film, regardless of tackling critical matters, can also be largely a comedy full of huge meals scenes, choreographed dance sequences and tons of music, together with Moist Leg at first, but additionally Cyndi Lauper and Gagoosh.
Definitely once I was a child, Iran was synonymous with terrorist. And that was not my expertise of Iran or Iranians. I’m like, “We’re so lazy. How can we be terrorists? We prefer to take lengthy naps after lunch.” However actually, it’s not the folks I do know; it’s not the tradition and the celebration, the music, meals. That’s an actual political factor, too, what facets of our tradition are proven. I imply, if we are able to dehumanize folks, it’s a lot simpler to invade them and to kill them and to take their oil and to create anonymous wars, faceless wars. So I feel the rationale I went into cinema post-9/11 was to create a extra nuanced view of our world. This movie is in some methods a fruits of my complete profession. I don’t imagine in all this divisive rhetoric, and I really feel like humor is a method that we are able to join.