I'm developing a pretty rockin' view of Iranian culture from movies, first from 2007's animated "Persepolis" and its punk-rock take on the Iranian revolution, and now from "No One Knows About Persian Cats."

I'm developing a pretty rockin' view of Iranian culture from movies, first from 2007's animated "Persepolis" and its punk-rock take on the Iranian revolution, and now from "No One Knows About Persian Cats."

It's got subtitles, but music lovers will find the sentiment pretty universal.

"Cats" follows a guy-girl pair of musicians with indie rock star dreams in Tehran. Hoping to play a gig in London, they're trying to obtain the visas that will make that dream plausible.

Along the way they encounter the colorful denizens of a vibrant and lively underground music scene that's far more genre-crossing than you might expect.

Despite an over-arching air of oppression, "Cats" isn't overtly political. There's a strong statement being made, but it's not heavy-handed, which is a nice foil for the moments of musical joy.

These moments are many, as director Bahman Ghobadi turns each new musical encounter into a varied montage of life in Tehran.

The acting is unspectacular, and the meandering, episodic plot might put off some, but indie rock fans and the culturally curious should check it out.