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The Circle (2000)

Dayereh (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 8 September 2000 (Italy)
Various women struggle to function in the oppressively sexist society of contemporary Iran.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Nargess Mamizadeh ...
Nargess
Maryiam Palvin Almani ...
Arezou (as Maryam Parvin Almani)
Mojgan Faramarzi ...
Mojgan - Prostitute
Elham Saboktakin ...
Elham - Nurse
Monir Arab ...
Monir - Ticket Seller
Maedeh Tahmasebi ...
Maedeh (as Maedeh Tahmasbi)
Maryam Shayegan ...
Parveneh
Khadijeh Moradi
Negar Ghadyani
Solmaz Panahi ...
Solmaz
Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy ...
Pari (as Fereshteh Sadr Orafai)
Fatemeh Naghavi ...
Nayer
Ataollah Moghadas ...
Haji
Abbas Alizadeh ...
Father of Pari
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In a hospital waiting room a woman learns her daughter, Solmaz Gholami, has just given birth. The ultrasound test had prepared the family for a boy. The baby, it turns out, is a girl. The joy the mother anticipated turns to terror for she knows her son-in-law's family will abandon her daughter. The old woman flees as the in-laws arrive. On the crowded streets of Tehran - a place where women are not permitted to stay out on their own or smoke in public - two women are also on the run. Arezou and Nargess have just been granted temporary leave from prison but they have no plans to return. They manage to scrounge together enough money for the bus trip to Nargess' hometown, but she lacks proper identification, and the police are searching everyone at the station. Meanwhile, their friend Pari has just escaped from prison in order to have an abortion. Threatened with death by her brothers, she flees from her father's house and meets with a former inmate, Elham, who is now married to a doctor... Written by Anonymous

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Budget:

$10,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,360 (USA) (13 April 2001)

Gross:

$673,780 (USA) (22 March 2002)
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The Repressive Situation Against the Women in the Iranian Society
19 July 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

A baby girl is born, and the grandmother regrets for the sex of the baby. Three women are released under probation from the jail and get lost into the crowd, without courage to come back home and having no money. A woman escape from the jail to make an abort and is expelled from her own home by her family. Another woman left her daughter of about six years old alone on the street. A prostitute is arrested with her client in his car, and the man is released by the police later while the woman goes to jail. All of these individuals and disconnected situations are presented to show the repressive situation against the women in the Iranian society. In the end, like in a circle, all of them ends arrested in the jail. I am not aware of the behavior of the Iranian society with their women, but this movie portraits a horrible picture. The women are showed without freedom, depending on her husband or her family even for simple actions, like traveling in a bus. If their society works this way, how are these actresses daily treated after their performances in this movie? The camera and the direction are excellent. It is amazing the capability of the Iranian filmmakers in making simple but touching films. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): `O Círculo' (`The Circle')


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