For a foreign film comedy to work the basis of its humor has either to be universal or the viewer needs an in as to why a particular thing is humorous. Tambourine, a foreign comedy DVD from Iran (in Persian with good English subtitles) requires more than a passing familiarity with Iran, its culture, and the Iranian mindset to be really appreciated. Not having that, I can only guess this is a pretty decent comedy.
If you understand precisely why illegal satellite dishes are such a big deal and a source of humor in Iran, Tambourine is probably a good movie. The first part of Tambourine is centered around the inhabitants of a housing complex, the dishes on the roof, the battles over getting certain programs, the illegality of such a dish, and the guys who come to fix the dishes after a storm. This causes quite a funny showdown between everybody concerned halfway through the movie
Throw in a young woman trying to repair her father’s car before he sees the dents she put in it, a bunch of people getting ready for a big do (I think), a very conservative building superintendent and his filmmaker son, an older woman trying to set up the young woman with her son, and other numerous comic situations.
Tambourine is not a foreign comedy DVD that has universal appeal but it is rather entertaining nonetheless.
The subtitles are sometimes white on white which is a bit annoying.