In this Iranian film, a mother tells her young son about his vanished father, who was called away by a “strange voice” and eventually violated nature’s order. Set in the Talish Mountains of northwest Iran and structured mostly as flashback, the film uses brilliant and allusive colors to communicate the people?s unique customs. In the opening scene gazelles are slaughtered, and their blood splatters on the snow, providing an effective image for the beauty and brutality of a life lived close to nature. Unfortunately, this second dramatic feature by Farhad Mehranfar is more a collection of images than an integrated work of cinema.