Don’t Look in the Mirror

Year of participation 2010
Program Feature Competition

Don’t Look in the Mirror
Producer(s) Gevorg Gevorgyan, Vardan Abovyan
Director(s) Suren Babayan
Script Suren Babayan, story by: Perch Zeituntsyan
Director of Photography Gevorg Sarkisyan
Production designer Vardan Sedrakyan
Music by Edward Hairapetyan
Sound Karen Tsaturyan
Edit Arthur Soghomonyan
Cast Jean - Pierre Nshanyan
Production company(-ies) National Cinema Centre of RA Ministry of Culture 38a Puskin Street 0010 Yerevan, Armenia Tel.: (374 10) 500230 Email:


The main hero of the film is one of our contemporaries, named Hero. Received an education in art. Used to be an artist, and later a good copy maker. He is an art model at present. Keeps himself going by selling everything, left over from the better times. And so the clock strikes “X” hour as he is about to sell the icon. No sooner has he done that he experiences a metamorphosis. He sees not his own reflection but a face of a completely unknown person in the mirror. Over time Hero observes more and more new personages instead of his own reflection. What compounds his problem is that others can also see not him, but strange faces in the mirror. That causes some situations both comic and dramatic. It turns out that the people he sees in the mirror are his own embodiments. There is a moment when they all come together at a table in the mirror and have a conversation about his past and future about a person's morality, and harsh accountability of one’s actions. At the turning point Hero is unable to see anyone in the mirror at all, including himself. And only one of the film characters can see the reflection of Hero in his home mirror. Hero is magnetically attracted to that place – to the house, the home where he does exist. He hopes to find himself there. Hero realizes that asperity leads us to faith.

 Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation
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