I stumbled upon this movie on Netflix. It has the instant play feature, and if you are a member of Netflix I highly recommend you watch this movie. *Warning it does have triggers of physical abuse.*
Life in America for Betty and her Iranian husband, “Moody” is picturesque ideal.
Things change when her husband’s family pressure her husband to come back for a “visit” to Iran.
In the movie, Moody seemed to be a normal guy while living in America. Once back in his “home” country he is very pressured by his family to return to the old way of life, and overnight, Moody changed from loving, doting husband and father to a confused, angry abusive man.
When it came time to leave from their “vacation”, Moody tells Betty that they won’t be going home. Because of strict Iranian law, Betty can’t go home on her own free will.
I see so many parallels with this movie and other religious “patriarchal” religions.
1. The man starts off loving, kind and caring of women and children
2. When Moody is put into an environment that pressures him to question his own manhood and dedication to “god”, if he doesn’t conform to the “old ways” he begins to change into a tyrant.
3. Betty mutually consented to visiting the country but once she did, there was no turning back. She was stuck. Against her own will.
Here is the trailer from the movie:
I would like to add that there is controversy concerning this movie and the book that it was based upon. There is a series on youtube that is called “Without My Daughter” which is a documentary that gives the perspective of Moody.
But honestly, given the nature of the Islam religion, I have a hard time believing Moody’s story. I do feel bad for Moody, but Moody could have gone back to America and continued his productive life there with his wife and child, and in my estimation…he chose his religion over his wife and child.
Another thing I would like to note. What is portrayed in this movie is eerily the same as abusive “Christian” sects. From FLDS, to some more acceptable ones.