5 P.M, Ferdous Park 2005
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Darya is a young and talented girl. She has skipped grades in school and now is just twenty years old and has graduated from a high-ranked university in France with a master degree in industrial design, and she is back to Tehran. Shirin Majd, Darya’s mother, is a wealthy woman and a descendant of the Ghajar royal families. Darya is known to be sensitive and petulant and she hates her mother because of her self-glorification and the lies she tells. She also hates his step-father, Shah Moradi. As a result of the troubles caused by her family, she harms herself. Shirin Majd asks her old friend Doctor Attar, an unmarried psychologist in his fifties, to help Darya. Shirin Majd and Attar had had an affair , but he was abandoned by Shirin Majd and he still carries the bitter memories of that long-gone love. Doctor Attar accepts to help her . Using her inheritance money, Darya launches an office for industrial design purposes. She is constantly being watched over by her mother, her step-father, Doctor Attar and Bahram (a senior med school student who is watching her and reporting everything back to her mother). Darya is deeply troubled with being under constant surveillance by others and she experiences a mental breakdown. After Bahram tells her that he loves her, she doesn't believe it, so her condition gets even worse and commits a suicide, but her mother and Doctor Attar arrive and save her. Doctor Attar realizes that her self-harm is not because of her despair, but is a result of all the lies and deceits she feels in her life. He helps her regain her motivation and Darya accepts that she needs therapy and visits the doctor on a regular basis. Despite all her troubles she has, she keeps her high spirit and does not give up on life. Darya thinks that Doctor Attar loves her so she texts him that she will be waiting in Ferdous Park around 5 pm to discuss their future as a couple. The time and place she mentions remind Doctor Attar of Shirin Majd. Years ago, he was waiting at the same place for Shirin Majd but she never showed up and chose a better life with a wealthier guy over him. Darya has read about this in her mother’s diary and also has heard it from the doctor. Doctor Attar arrives at the Ferdous Park but does not approach her and starts watching her from afar. Darya is sitting on a bench waiting for him. After 5 o’clock, she adjusts her watch backwards. She does this a couple more times, then she stands up and starts doing the physical exercises that Doctor Attar had taught her to do in order to prevent a nervous breakdown. Doctor Attar leaves the park after he is assured that Darya is now capable of handling her own emotions. Tears keep falling from her eyes, but Darya keeps repeating her exercises under the rain.