Film Details

Runtime: 119 minutes

Language: In Swedish and Persian with English subtitles

Director: Milad Alami

Country: Sweden/Norway, 2023

Genre: Drama, Gay, Narrative

After being forced to leave Iran, Iman lives in a refugee facility with his family. Their bleak existence consists of constant moves and the long wait for a visa. In an attempt to ensure their future in Sweden, Iman returns to wrestling despite having promised his wife that he wouldn’t. It is a decision that brings physical pain and opens up wounds in his soul. A psychological drama about a man caught between suppressed desires and his duty to his family, meticulously crafted Opponent takes an incisive look at questions of uprootedness, freedom, and tolerance and reveals how complex social dynamics can affect an individual’s inner self.

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