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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    Mentor Posted on May 11, 2020 in Romance.
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      I dig it Savinh0.

      Since he is a student, I used the graduation as a deadline:
      After falling for twin sisters, an Iranian student must decide whom he wants to marry before the arranged marriage to a stranger upon his graduation.

      • Why Iranian? India tops Iran in arranged/forced marriages.
      • There could be an angle where the sisters are from his (village), and he is an accomplished student that is going places (big city) and the person whom his parents want to hook him up with is a (big city girl) with lots of connections.
      • Appears polygamy is legal in Iran, so there could be a (sister wives) scenario where the student must convince all parties “they” are in love and must accept their choice to thwart the arranged marriage.

      Keep it up!

      Samurai Answered on May 12, 2020.

      India is also a good idea. I’m not sure about the country yet, but I think there are many I can use. I thought about letting the guy be from an underprivileged family while the stranger women is from a rich family. So the guy has to decide whom he wants to marry (twin sister 1 or 2), otherwise he will get married to the stranger woman. Thanks for your feedback, Odie!

      on May 13, 2020.
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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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          Making a decision is not an objective visual goal. It happens in the character’s head. How is this represented on screen?

          “After falling in love with twin sisters” – an inciting incident should be one moment, one scene – a shark eats a tourist/he discovers a lost alien in his bike shed etc. After he fell in love with the first, he suddenly falls in love with the second too? I worry that he’s coming across as someone who doesn’t really know what he wants and it’s difficult to get behind a protagonist who doesn’t have a clear objective.

          I think the whole arranged marriage element is interesting. However, I’m conscious that it’s been done before – Brick Lane, The Big Sick, Arthur – so what’s different here? I agree wholeheartedly with yqwertz with this feeling like a male-fantasy, with two dimensional female characters.

          Conflict wise, I agree there is some conflict to be found AFTER he’s made his decision. But, before this point, all the conflict is inside his head. What’s happening on screen?

          Hope this helps.

          Singularity Answered on May 14, 2020.
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