Parviz

Fat, lazy, resentful, and amoral, Parviz is a 50-year-old dropout who still lives in his widowed father’s apartment; this 2012 black comedy from Iran kicks into gear when the father decides to remarry and orders Parviz to move out. With no one to check his sociopathic tendencies, the antisocial lug turns into a monster, and the familiar comedy of discomfort gives way to genuine horror. Director-cowriter Majid Barzegar maintains a poker-faced, documentary-style realism, rarely straying more than a few feet from his antihero, and his scrutiny is rewarded with a spellbinding performance by Toronto theater veteran Levon Haftvan. In Farsi with subtitles.