‘A Hero’ is an Iranian drama movie directed by acclaimed filmmaker Asghar Farhadi. It’s about Rahim, a middle-aged man who spends time in prison for failing to repay a loan he borrowed from a loan shark. When Rahim is released from prison on a two-day leave, he comes up with a solution to repay his creditor. However, the situation is getting out of hand, and Rahim finds herself in a difficult situation.
The film uses Rahim’s character to explore the true nature of a good act. By the time we get to the end of the story, Rahim is left with a few options to free herself. if you are wondering what happened to Rahim and whether he is succeeding in his quest, here is everything you need to know about the fate of the ‘A Hero.’
A Hero: Movie Plot
The ‘A Hero’ opens with Rahim coming out of prison on a two-day vacation to spend time with his family in Shiraz. He meets his brother-in-law, Hossein. Rahim tells Hossein to start a meeting with his lender Bahram. He states that he has found a solution to the debt he owes to Bahram.
However, when Hossein calls Bahram, the latter refuses to withdraw the charge against Rahim unless he receives full payment. Later, Rahim meets his girlfriend Farkhondeh, who finds a purse containing seventeen gold coins. “A Hero.”
The couple plans to sell coins and raise money to return Bahram. They weighed out the gold coins from the jewelry store and learned that the price of gold had dropped. Moreover, even if Bahram accepts Rahim’s proposal, he will still have to find a way to pay off a large monthly fee to pay off the entire debt.
In time, Rahim began to have doubts about selling coins. He decides to return the wallet and coins to their owner. He assures Farkhondeh that it is the right thing to do. Rahim searches the owner of the bag but finds no trace. He prints some ads and leaves his prison phone number. After Rahim returns to prison, he receives a call from a woman who had lost her purse.
Rahim directs the woman to her sister’s house, Mary’s house. The woman collects the bag and thanks Rahim for her good deed. Finally, word spreads about Rahim’s good deeds. The head of the prison, Taheri, tells Rahim about a television station that wants to interview Rahim.
After a brief conversation with Taheri, Rahim leaves some details on the story during the conversation. Interviews become a favorite, and Rahim gets some recognition. (A Hero) His status and good deeds earn him public respect, and Rahim is granted special respite. Meanwhile, the local church and the charity are holding Rahim’s debt fund.
They also arranged for Bahram to reconsider his case against Rahim and promise Rahim a job. However, Bahram refuses and begins to dig holes in Rahim’s story. Soon, Rahim’s story seems wise, and she loses her job. Rahim loses hope as the situation worsens. In the end, Rahim must bear the consequences of her actions regardless of the circumstances.
A Hero: Ending, Explained
After the holes in Rahim’s story began to create chaos on social media, people suspected that she was the one who created the whole thing. Moreover, since Rahim is seeking a wife, it is obvious that she has been cheated on. Rahim suspects that Bahram is causing him all his problems and is dealing with him. The two end up arguing, and Bahram’s daughter is recording the same video.
The video is in danger of tarnishing the image of the charity and the prison. Therefore, the charity no longer wants to help Rahim and try to distance herself from him. Instead, they desired to use the money Rahim collected to help the woman who was about to be killed by her husband.
Prison officials also refused to help Rahim. However, Rahim finds a ray of hope when Farkhondeh reassures the charity to give Rahim the decision to help the woman. Efforts are in vain as the video is uploaded online, damaging Rahim’s credibility. (A Hero) Rahim makes a final effort to avoid going back to prison and uses Taheri’s help to make a video of his son pleading for publicity on behalf of his father.
Taheri agrees to help as it can help the prison reclaim its dignity. However, Rahim is self-conscious and refuses to allow Taheri to use his son’s video. Taheri withdraws and deletes the video. Eventually, Rahim returns to prison to serve his sentence. In the final moments of the film when Rahim returns to prison, another man is released. The incident leaves a glimmer of hope that Rahim will soon be released from prison. A Hero.