From one of Iran’s most distinguished and distinctive filmmakers, Mani Haghighi (Pig) comes what The New Yorker labelled as a "masterwork of realistic fantasy". Subtraction is an "exemplary work of modern cinema" (The New Yorker) with emotionally authentic performances from its leads Taraneh Alidoosti and Navid Mohammadzadeh.
When Farzaneh (Alidoosti) spots a man on a city bus who looks an awful lot like her husband, Jalal (Mohammadzadeh), she follows him to an unfamiliar building. There, she sees the residents greet him as if they know him and watches from the street as he enters an apartment to meet with another woman.
Farzaneh is convinced she’s caught Jalal in an affair but he’s adamant about his alibi. Farzaneh begins to fall apart, but she swears she saw him, and, unable to let go, she continues to pull on the thread before making an unsettling discovery about the man on the bus.
"Careful craftsmanship and excellent acting — both leads show real, shape-shifting finesse in their dual performances." - Toronto Star