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the_DT
thought-provoking_NN
question_NN
of_IN
tradition_NN
over_IN
morals_NNS
is_BEZ
the_DT
subject_NN
directly_RB
at_IN
the_DT
core_NN
of_IN
"_"
leila_NP
,_,
"_"
a_DT
powerfully_RB
articulated_VBN
and_CC
subtle_JJ
drama_NN
from_IN
famous_JJ
iranian_JJ
director_NN
dariush_NN
mehrjui_???
,_,
that_CS
is_BEZ
his_PP$
first_OD
motion_NN
picture_NN
in_IN
a_DT
prosperous_JJ
thirty-year_JJ
career_NN
to_IN
gain_NN
u_NN
._.
s_NN
._.
distribution_NN
,_,
thanks_NNS
to_IN
first_OD
run_NN
features_NNS
._.
although_CS
unfamiliar_JJ
with_IN
mehrjui_???
's_NNS
previous_JJ
directing_VBG
efforts_NNS
,_,
perhaps_RB
the_DT
reason_NN
for_IN
this_DT
is_BEZ
that_DT
,_,
while_CS
the_DT
predicament_NN
at_IN
hand_NN
is_BEZ
no_DT
doubt_NN
exclusive_JJ
to_IN
its_PP$
own_DT
country_NN
,_,
the_DT
heartbreaking_NN
and_CC
solely_RB
truthful_JJ
emotions_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
characters_NNS
can_MD
easily_RB
be_BE
understood_VBN
by_IN
all_PDT
viewers_NNS
._.
set_NN
in_IN
modern-day_JJ
iran_NP
,_,
"_"
leila_NP
"_"
begins_VBZ
on_IN
the_DT
birthday_NN
of_IN
the_DT
title_NN
character_NN
(_(
leila_NP
hatami_NP
)_)
,_,
after_IN
a_DT
brief_JJ
prologue_NN
in_IN
which_WDT
we_PP
are_BER
shown_VBN
the_DT
first_OD
encounter_NN
between_IN
leila_NP
and_CC
her_PP$
future_NN
husband_NN
,_,
reza_???
(_)
ali_NP
mosaffa_NP
)_)
._.
as_CS
leila_NP
and_CC
reza_???
set_NN
off_IN
to_IN
visit_NN
his_PP$
parents_NNS
,_,
and_CC
then_RB
hers_PP$
,_,
where_CS
a_DT
birthday_NN
celebration_NN
has_HVZ
been_BEN
planned_VBN
,_,
things_NNS
seem_VB
rosy_JJ
for_IN
the_DT
couple_NN
on_IN
the_DT
outside_JJ
,_,
but_CC
for_IN
leila_NP
,_,
life_NN
isn't_BEZ
quite_RB
as_IN
sweet_JJ
._.
earlier_RBR
,_,
on_IN
that_DT
very_RB
same_DT
day_NN
,_,
leila_NP
had_HVD
gone_VBN
to_IN
see_VB
her_PP$
physician_NN
,_,
and_CC
has_HVZ
ultimately_RB
discovered_VBN
that_CS
she_PP
holds_VBZ
very_RB
little_JJ
chance_NN
of_IN
ever_RB
conceiving_VBG
a_DT
child_NN
._.
when_CS
all_PDT
of_IN
the_DT
conditions_NNS
are_BER
ruled_VBN
out_RP
,_,
and_CC
leila_NP
passes_NNS
up_RP
the_DT
possibility_NN
of_IN
adoption_NN
,_,
reza_???
firmly_RB
and_CC
lovingly_RB
tells_VBZ
her_PP$
that_DT
he_PP
married_VBD
her_PP$
,_,
and_CC
doesn't_DOZ
care_VB
at_IN
all_PDT
about_IN
having_HVG
children_NNS
._.
nonetheless_RB
,_,
leila_NP
is_BEZ
ashamed_JJ
that_CS
she_PP
will_MD
never_RB
be_BE
able_JJ
to_TO
give_VB
him_PP
a_DT
baby_NN
,_,
which_WDT
is_BEZ
the_DT
societal_NN
norm_NN
,_,
and_CC
her_PP$
self-esteem_NN
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
helped_VBN
at_IN
all_PDT
by_IN
her_PP$
domineering_NN
mother-in-law_NN
(_(
jamileh_???
sheikhi_???
)_(
,_,
whose_WP$
hopes_NNS
to_IN
carry_VB
on_IN
the_DT
sacred_JJ
family_NN
name_NN
vanishes_VBZ
once_RB
hearing_NN
the_DT
news_NN
(_(
reza_???
is_BEZ
her_PP$
only_RB
son_NN
)_)
._.
bluntly_RB
explaining_VBG
to_IN
leila_NP
that_CS
reza_???
has_HVZ
always_RB
wished_VBN
for_IN
children_NNS
and_CC
,_,
in_IN
a_DT
country_NN
where_CS
polygamy_JJ
is_BEZ
an_DT
accepted_JJ
tradition_NN
,_,
she_PP
suggests_VBZ
that_CS
he_PP
take_VB
a_DT
second_NN
wife_NN
to_IN
bear_NN
a_DT
child_NN
with_IN
._.
leila_NP
hesitantly_RB
agrees_VBZ
,_,
and_CC
while_CS
she_PP
and_CC
reza_???
are_BER
able_JJ
to_TO
shallowly_RB
laugh_VB
afterwards_RB
about_IN
the_DT
hopeful_JJ
womens_NNS
'_"
inadequacies_NNS
,_,
reza_???
finally_RB
does_DOZ
meet_VB
a_DT
woman_NN
whom_WP
he_PP
claims_VBZ
to_IN
like_IN
,_,
even_RB
though_CS
he_PP
refuses_VBZ
to_IN
go_NN
through_IN
with_IN
the_DT
marriage_NN
if_CS
leila_NP
doesn't_DOZ
give_VB
her_PP
full_JJ
blessing_NN
._.
there_EX
are_BER
no_DT
easy_JJ
answers_NNS
to_IN
be_BE
found_VB
within_IN
"_"
leila_NP
,_,
"_"
a_DT
film_NN
that_CS
thoughtfully_RB
examines_VBZ
the_DT
central_JJ
character_NN
's_POS
unfortunate_JJ
plight_NN
,_,
as_CS
well_RB
as_CS
the_DT
inner_JJ
workings_NNS
of_IN
leila_NP
herself_PPX
,_,
told_VBD
through_IN
matter-of-fact_JJ
narration_NP
._.
almost_RB
completely_RB
taken_VBN
over_IN
by_IN
her_PP$
own_DT
shame_NN
,_,
she_PP
has_HVZ
no_DT
option_NN
but_CC
to_IN
agree_VB
to_IN
her_PP$
forceful_JJ
mother-in-law_NN
's_POS
requests_NNS
,_,
even_RB
though_CS
she_PP
is_BEZ
unsure_JJ
of_IN
how_WRB
she_PP
will_MD
react_VB
if_CS
reza_???
really_RB
does_DOZ
end_NP
up_VB
marrying_VBG
another_DT
woman_NN
._.
maybe_RB
because_CS
"_"
leila_NP
"_"
is_BEZ
from_IN
iran_NP
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
will_MD
unquestionably_RB
be_BE
shocking_JJ
for_IN
american_JJ
audiences_NNS
,_,
since_CS
the_DT
concept_NN
of_IN
polygamy_JJ
is_BEZ
looked_VBN
upon_IN
by_IN
the_DT
characters_NNS
as_IN
a_DT
more_DT
or_CC
less_RBR
everyday_JJ
occurrence_NN
._.
leila_NP
,_,
however_RB
,_,
is_BEZ
unable_JJ
to_TO
come_VB
to_IN
terms_NNS
with_IN
the_DT
idea_NN
quite_RB
as_IN
easily_RB
,_,
but_CC
feels_VBZ
it_PP
is_BEZ
her_PP$
duty_NN
to_IN
make_VB
her_PP$
husband_NN
happy_JJ
,_,
no_DT
matter_NN
what_WDT
the_DT
circumstances_NNS
._.
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
strongest_JJS
aspects_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
in_IN
its_PP$
portrayal_NN
of_IN
the_DT
relationship_NN
between_IN
leila_NP
and_CC
reza_???
,_,
who_WP
married_VBD
only_RB
three_CD
months_NNS
after_IN
their_PP$
first_OD
meeting_NN
,_,
but_CC
obviously_RB
love_VB
each_DT
other_JJ
very_RB
deeply_RB
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
this_DT
relationship_NN
that_CS
is_BEZ
the_DT
key_JJ
ingredient_NN
to_IN
making_VBG
what_WDT
follows_NN
the_DT
opening_NN
scenes_NNS
all_PDT
the_DT
more_RBR
powerful_JJ
,_,
and_CC
director_NN
mehrjui_???
has_HVZ
succeeded_VBD
just_JJ
about_IN
as_RB
well_RB
as_CS
possible_JJ
._.
although_CS
seemingly_RB
unimportant_JJ
at_IN
first_OD
glance_NN
,_,
an_DT
early_JJ
sequence_NN
where_CS
leila_NP
and_CC
reza_???
are_BER
eating_VBG
dinner_NN
and_CC
both_RB
are_BER
laughing_VBG
,_,
nearly_RB
uncontrollably_RB
,_,
actually_RB
is_BEZ
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
vital_JJ
moments_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
first_OD
half_NN
,_,
as_CS
it_PP
unmistakably_RB
sets_VBZ
the_DT
boundary_NN
for_IN
their_PP$
unrequisite_JJ
love_NN
for_IN
one_CD
another_DT
._.
ditto_NN
for_IN
another_DT
scene_NN
in_IN
which_WDT
reza_???
gives_VBZ
leila_FW
a_DT
large_JJ
stuffed_JJ
animal_NN
for_IN
her_PP$
birthday_NN
,_,
and_CC
then_RB
reveals_VBZ
a_DT
beautiful_JJ
necklace_NN
he_PP
has_HVZ
also_RB
gotten_VBN
her_PP$
._.
these_DT
"_"
small_JJ
"_"
moments_NNS
are_BER
the_DT
perfect_JJ
contrast_NN
for_IN
the_DT
solemn_JJ
,_,
outraging_VBG
sequences_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
latter_DT
half_NN
,_,
in_IN
which_WDT
reza_???
drops_NNS
leila_FW
off_IN
at_IN
the_DT
side_NN
of_IN
a_DT
busy_JJ
road_NN
,_,
and_CC
then_RB
zooms_NNS
off_IN
to_IN
go_NN
on_IN
a_DT
date_NN
with_IN
another_DT
woman_NN
._.
left_JJ
there_RB
to_TO
ponder_VB
her_PP$
quickly_RB
diminishing_JJ
marriage_NN
,_,
foolishly_RB
unbeknownst_IN
to_IN
reza_???
,_,
leila_FW
prays_RB
each_DT
time_NN
that_CS
the_DT
date_NN
will_MD
not_XNOT
go_VB
well_RB
,_,
so_RB
she_PP
will_MD
be_BE
able_JJ
to_TO
keep_VB
her_PP$
husband_NN
to_IN
herself_PPX
for_IN
a_DT
little_JJ
while_NN
longer_RBR
._.
refusing_VBG
to_IN
stay_NN
over_IN
at_IN
her_PP$
parent_NN
's_POS
house_NN
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
inevitably_RB
leads_VBZ
up_RP
to_IN
the_DT
second_NN
wedding_NN
night_NN
between_IN
reza_???
and_CC
another_DT
woman_NN
,_,
and_CC
in_IN
a_DT
sequence_NN
of_IN
extraordinary_JJ
sorrow_NN
and_CC
potency_NN
,_,
leila_NP
finds_VBZ
her_PP$
whole_JJ
being_NN
emotionally_RB
torn_VBN
apart_RB
,_,
as_CS
she_PP
is_BEZ
closed_JJ
up_RP
in_IN
an_DT
upstairs_RB
bedroom_NN
as_IN
the_DT
marriage_NN
proceedings_NNS
are_BER
going_VBG
on_IN
down_IN
below_IN
._.
despite_IN
her_PP$
initial_JJ
agreement_NN
to_IN
such_DT
a_DT
thing_NN
,_,
leila_NP
realizes_VBZ
how_WRB
much_DT
she_PP
has_HVZ
been_BEN
betrayed_VBN
by_IN
reza_???
,_,
whom_WP
she_PP
believed_VBD
cared_VBN
for_IN
her_PP$
as_CS
much_DT
as_IN
she_PP
did_DOD
of_IN
him_PP
._.
sure_JJ
,_,
the_DT
whole_JJ
second_NN
marriage_NN
was_BEDZ
his_PP$
mother_NN
's_POS
idea_NN
,_,
but_CC
if_CS
he_PP
really_RB
did_DOD
believe_VB
what_WDT
he_PP
initially_RB
had_HVD
told_VBN
her_PP$
about_RB
not_XNOT
wanting_VBG
any_DT
children_NNS
,_,
then_RB
he_PP
could_MD
have_HV
still_RB
easily_RB
backed_VBN
out_RP
,_,
couldn't_MD
he_PP
?_?
in_IN
the_DT
pivotal_JJ
role_NN
of_IN
leila_NP
,_,
who_WP
appears_VBZ
in_IN
every_DT
scene_NN
,_,
leila_NP
hatami_NP
is_BEZ
nothing_PN
short_JJ
of_IN
remarkable_JJ
,_,
injecting_VBG
her_PP$
character_NN
with_IN
an_DT
equal_JJ
measure_NN
of_IN
startling_JJ
strength_NN
,_,
unavoidable_JJ
vulnerability_NN
,_,
and_CC
utter_JJ
despair_NN
._.
unlike_IN
most_DT
american_JJ
films_NNS
,_,
in_IN
which_WDT
everything_PN
always_RB
has_HVZ
to_TO
be_BE
spelled_VBN
out_RP
for_IN
audiences_NNS
,_,
hatami_NP
says_VBZ
much_DT
more_DT
with_IN
just_RB
an_DT
elusive_JJ
expression_NN
on_IN
her_PP$
face_NN
than_CS
could_MD
possibly_RB
have_HV
been_BEN
conveyed_VBN
by_IN
words_NNS
._.
every_DT
bit_NN
a_DT
perfect_JJ
match_NN
for_IN
hatami_NP
is_BEZ
ali_NP
mosaffa_NP
,_,
as_CS
reza_???
,_,
a_DT
man_NN
who_WP
,_,
i_PP
believe_VB
,_,
does_DOZ
hold_VB
an_DT
unbreakable_JJ
bond_NN
with_IN
his_PP$
wife_NN
,_,
but_CC
is_BEZ
too_RB
naive_JJ
to_IN
realize_VB
what_WDT
he_PP
will_MD
be_BE
doing_DOG
to_TO
leila_FW
if_CS
he_PP
marries_VBZ
someone_PN
else_RB
._.
for_IN
all_PDT
of_IN
its_PP$
strong_JJ
aspects_NNS
,_,
"_"
leila_NP
"_"
isn't_BEZ
a_DT
perfect_JJ
film_NN
._.
on_IN
a_DT
technical_JJ
level_NN
,_,
i_PP
found_VBD
many_DT
blatant_JJ
punctiation_NN
and_CC
spelling_NN
mistakes_NNS
within_IN
the_DT
subtitles_VBZ
that_CS
need_VB
to_IN
be_BE
fixed_JJ
._.
and_CC
concerning_IN
the_DT
plot_NN
developments_NNS
,_,
the_DT
final_JJ
five_CD
minutes_NNS
ring_NN
false_JJ
when_CS
compared_VBN
with_IN
everything_PN
that_CS
has_HVZ
come_VBN
before_IN
._.
mehrjui_???
's_BEZ
decision_NN
to_IN
use_NN
an_DT
extremely_RB
stylized_JJ
approach_NN
to_IN
the_DT
ending_NN
was_BEDZ
the_DT
wrong_JJ
choice_NN
,_,
particularly_RB
in_IN
his_PP$
almost_RB
comedic_JJ
way_NN
of_IN
wrapping_NN
up_RP
the_DT
character_NN
of_IN
the_DT
spiteful_JJ
mother-in-law_NN
,_,
played_VBD
memorably_RB
by_IN
jamileh_???
sheikhi_???
._.
despite_IN
these_DT
minor_JJ
missteps_NNS
,_,
"_"
leila_NP
"_"
is_BEZ
an_DT
important_JJ
motion_NN
picture_NN
that_CS
should_MD
definately_RB
be_BE
sought_VBN
out_RP
upon_IN
its_PP$
limited_JJ
may_NP
21_CD
release_NN
at_IN
new_JJ
york_NP
's_POS
cinema_NN
village_NN
,_,
and_CC
then_RB
on_IN
may_NP
21_CD
in_IN
la_NP
._.
the_DT
thought-provoking_NN
questions_NNS
that_CS
the_DT
film_NN
deals_NNS
with_IN
is_BEZ
balanced_JJ
evenly_RB
with_IN
its_PP$
uneasy_JJ
morales_NNS
,_,
and_CC
when_CS
the_DT
climax_NN
arrives_VBZ
,_,
leila_NP
's_POS
self-worth_NP
is_BEZ
startlingly_RB
stripped_VBN
away_RB
to_IN
reveal_NN
a_DT
victim_NN
led_VBD
into_IN
complete_JJ
devastation_NN
,_,
to_IN
which_WDT
there_EX
is_BEZ
no_DT
return_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
difficult_JJ
to_TO
not_XNOT
consider_VB
how_WRB
leila_NP
's_POS
culminating_VBG
interior_JJ
demise_NN
could_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
so_RB
simply_RB
avoided_VBN
,_,
had_HVD
the_DT
other_JJ
characters_NNS
taken_VBN
a_DT
second_NN
out_RP
of_IN
their_PP$
own_DT
selfish_JJ
lives_NNS
to_IN
consider_VB
what_WDT
leila_NP
,_,
the_DT
major_JJ
pawn_NN
in_IN
the_DT
unforgivable_JJ
scheme_NN
,_,
was_BEDZ
going_VBG
through_IN
._.