Release date1996 (1996) WriterMahnaz Ansarian, Dariush Mehrjui Initial DVD releaseJune 13, 2000 (North America) CastLeila Hatami (Leila, the Wife), Ali Mosaffa (Reza, the Husband), Jamileh Sheikhi (Reza's Mother), Mohamad Reza Sharifinia (Leila's Uncle), Turan Mehrzad (Leila's Mother), Amir Pievar (Reza's Father) Similar moviesPersian language movies, Movies about Iran, Dramas
TaglineThe tragedy of a love torn apart by each partner's overeagerness to please the other.
Leila official film trailer
Leila (Persian: لیلا, also Romanized as Leyla, Leilā, and Leylā) is a 1996 Iranian film directed by Dariush Mehrjui.
Leila and Reza are a modern Iranian couple, content with their recent marriage. However, Leila learns that she is unable to conceive. Reza's mother insists that he, as the only son, must have children ("everything goes to the son"), despite Reza's insistence that he does not want children, and suggests that he get a second wife. He adamantly refuses the idea; his mother champions it. Leila gets caught between the two worlds; elated at spending time with Reza one moment and torn apart by his nagging mother the next.