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by Sarah. C (subscribe)
Sarah is a current Media student with a love for the arts and a passion for writing. Join me as I explore the wonders of Sydney and her lavish landscape.
Published February 18th 2013
When life is already beautiful, where would this unexplained halt in the road come from? When there isn't a worry in the world in your life; who could predict that just around the corner heartache could be waiting, popping its evil head in just a blink of an eye.

This is the life that Betty Mahmoody encountered for 18 frightful months running from a future she was reluctantly dragged into. But beside her through thick and thin was her daughter; young Mahtob who falls victim to this abrupt change of pace and way of living.


Directed by Brian Gilbert in 1991 and based on a harrowing true story, Not Without my Daughter is a film that follows the life and journey of Betty Mahmoody, as she is cruelly deceived into fleeing home in America for a short two-week trip to meet her husband's extended family in Iran.

But little did Betty know what she was diving into by accepting to take Mahtob along to accompany her husband, Sayed Bozorg Mahmoody ('Moody') for a holiday. What she believed was a short two-week stay radically turned into a permanent residence far away from her beloved America. It was a sudden 360 degree turn when Betty discovers she and Mahtob had been stripped of their American citizenship status, leaving them both with little to no freedom of choice throughout the course of their stay.

Betty is involuntarily forced to assimilate, adopt the ways of Iranian women which are potentially at odds with her American upbringing and answer to the unanswerable demands of her once loving but suddenly unpredictably wicked husband.

Moody turns into an increasingly domineering husband; ridding mother and daughter of any rights they once had. His forceful attitude controls their life and their decisions until Betty realises there is only so much she, as his wife can live with.

Betty's idea of thrusting aside the life she was forced to build in Iran turns into a mastermind plan of escapism back to her mother country; America. Soon, Betty comes into contact with a few Iranian citizens who offer to assist her in her plan to flee the country and not long after, Betty and Mahtob leave Iran to pass through Turkey to reach America.

Brian Gilbert brings you a riveting plot-line and a story about hope and survival. So prepare to be immersed because Not without my daughter will keep you on the edge of your seat, leaving you wanting more.
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Where: Available on DVD
Your Comment
I was just talking about this movie what a surprise to see your review. It is a fantastic movie. Sally Field is a wonderful actress, another fantastic movie of hers I haven't seen for a while, I believe it is called is" An Eye for an Eye".
by leabee (score: 0|3) 2059 days ago
Though very sad, this is one of my favourite books, interesting to hear of its movie adaptation, will check it out!
by EricaL (score: 3|1639) 2157 days ago
Erica, I have no doubt you'll enjoy the film just as much as the novel. I have just started reading up on the novel myself after stumbling across the film and loving it! So far so good :)
by Sarah. C (score: 1|15) 2157 days ago
All I ever hear is "not with my daughter"
by Rob (score: 0|8) 2156 days ago
Was one of the most thought provoking movies I have ever seen !!! Timeless
by sandr (score: 0|2) 2155 days ago
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