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Film review: Fade

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Renovatio Movies' Fade crafts a tale about loss, resolution, and learning to let go that is richly nuanced, hauntingly sad, yet deeply moving.

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Directed by Parish Rahbar, and written and produced by Tara Moini, Fade tells the story of Shay, who takes us along on her journey of unpacking memories and moments with her husband Joe.

Tara Moini conceived the script after seeing her aunt pass away after a battle with cancer. "I wanted to tell the story because when we first met my aunt, she was a very stressed woman. You know, being Iranian, being a woman, she was always very uptight," Tara explained.

The disease progressed, and Tara maintained vigil by her aunt's side. "When she was in the hospital they were giving her morphine constantly, because there was nothing else they could do for her except just stop her pain."

As her aunt's transition drew near, Tara made an amazing discovery. "It was 8:40 in the morning, around that time, and she exhaled for the last time. When she did, she looked 10 years younger. It was like her face just softened. I was looking at my aunt, and she looked at peace, so calm. And I was thinking to myself, there's got to be something to this whole thing, that you don't take the bullshit with you, you only take the love with you."

It is no easy task weaving a tapestry of eternal love in the space of 7 to 15 minutes, yet Parish Rahbar does it admirably and artfully. The images move from crisp and precise, to diminishing shadows, to grainy and dissipated; like a fading photograph reflecting the ravages of time. Through each moment that builds Shay and Joe's relationship you root for them, while at the same time knowing that their days together are numbered. However, you are left with a surprising sense of awe as the events unfold to an unexpected conclusion.

Fade first premiered this summer at the Dances with Films Festival. It is now an official selection in three upcoming festivals: the LA Femme Film Festival (October 17-20), the NOOR Iranian Film Festival (October 18-24), and the Ojai Film Festival (November 7-14). Visit each film festival's website for specific dates and screening times.

To find out more about the work of Parish Rahbar and Tara Moini, visit the Renovatio Movies website.

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