RE: After falling in love with twin sisters, an irresolute Iranian student has to decide with whom he wants to spend his life with before getting forcibly married to an unkown woman by his family.

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      savinh0 Mentor Posted on May 11, 2020 in Romance.
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        This sounds more like a male-fantasy comedy than a romance. There is a place for women without agency in the former but not the latter, especially if the film is set in the 21st century.

        Also, there does not seem to be much conflict. Sure, the man is irresolute, but that does not seem like a big problem when both choices mean a happy ending. Try to figure a way to up the stakes regardless of genre.

        Mentor Answered on May 12, 2020.

        Thanks!

        I think there is plenty of conflict though. I mean he has to make a choice that will effect the rest of his life (which woman do I want to marry?). In countries like India or Iran, it’s not possible to just throw in the towel and walk away without risking a breakup with your family.

        on May 13, 2020.

        I understand the problems faced by people from Pakistan and India who marry against their parents wishes (arranged marriages in Iran are quite rare nowadays), however, by setting up a three-way choice you turn the drama into a comedy as you contrast the seriousness of the man’s break with his family to the fantasy of him being in love with twins.

        Your suggestion of a man from a poor family marrying into a wealthy family again feeds the fantasy aspect as the bride’s family in an arranged marriages will seek a union that is either horizontal or up in socioeconomic terms and not down. The exception being if the bride is disfigured or otherwise disabled — which again is an element often seen in comedies involving arranged marriages.

        on May 13, 2020.
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