Shoja Azari's Windowsis a compilation feature film that connects nine shorts, all significantly utilizing some kind of window as a meaningful device. Most of the stories are shot through a window, either into or out of a room, office or prison cell; one simply uses the device as a critical prop. Each is a voyeuristic look at painfully ordinary drama involving stale characters, none of which are aided by the offensively poor actors portraying them.
The film begins with two shorts that, while slow and obvious, have an appreciable irony to them. The first, entitled "The Phoenix," features an old saxophone player attempting suicide by gas stove. I'll let you guess what happens. In the second, "Room With a View," a deep focus shot reveals the rape of a jogger outside while two oblivious persons sit inside watching the film An Affair to Remember. From there the stories get less and less interesting. "The View" involves a prisoner imagining a better view through his barred window. "A Family" and "Traffic Jam" both display common, yet unnaturally initiated arguments among their respective couples. "Exit 31" consists of the old bully-boyfriend/abused-girlfriend routine, its action oddly framed within the pupil of an eyeball (window to the soul?).