Edinburgh Int’l Film Festival 2013: Taboor

With a distinctive opening and an almost transcendent closing shot, Iranian writer-director Vahid Vakilifar’s second feature (following 2010’s Gesher) is an original and oddly striking sci-fi film that harks back to the likes of Solaris (1972) and 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) while remaining within the refreshing realms of low-budget utilitarianism. Put another way, one can imagine the director drew what plot he could from his immediate surroundings, determined to shoot a film inspired by and anchored very much to everyday present Tehran, but seeing in it much scope for an imaginative reconfiguration.