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Director:
Writers:
Kambuzia Partovi (written by)
Jafar Panahi (idea)
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Release Date:
8 September 2000 (Italy) See more »
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Plot:
Various women struggle to function in the oppressively sexist society of contemporary Iran. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
13 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Disturbing and informative See more (26 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
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

Directed by
Jafar Panahi 
 
Writing credits
Kambuzia Partovi (written by)

Jafar Panahi (idea)

Produced by
Mohammad Atebbai .... associate producer
Morteza Motavali .... executive producer
Jafar Panahi .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Bahram Badakshani  (as Bahram Badakhshani)
 
Film Editing by
Jafar Panahi 
 
Production Design by
Vajid Allah Fariborzi  (as Vajihollah Fariborzi)
 
Art Direction by
Iraj Raminfar 
 
Makeup Department
Hemasseh Malaki .... make-up
 
Production Management
Abolfazl Laleh .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ali Aghababai .... assistant director
Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy .... assistant director (as Fereshteh Sadr Orafai)
 
Sound Department
Ahmad Ardalan .... sound
Sassan Bagherpour .... sound
Mehdi Dejbodi .... re-recording mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ghogha Bayat .... still photographer
Amir Karimi .... assistant camera
Mehrdad Lashkari .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Gérard Estival .... color timer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ahmad Moradi .... production assistant
Mehdi Samakar .... title
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dayereh" - Iran (original title)
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90 min
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Disturbing and informative, 31 March 2001
Author: LeRoyMarko from Toronto, Canada

I saw that movie in Toronto and, at the time, I had in mind a few other movies from Iran that I really enjoyed: Gabbeh, A Time for Drunken Horses and Children of Heaven. You could say that I had big expectations for The Circle.

I must admit that halfway through The Circle, I wasn't too pleased. So many characters, what's the link between them, and other questions. Then, I saw the light! We don't need to see what happen with the first characters that we get to know in the movie. We know what is happening to them. We know that they're stuck in a society where they're next to nothing. It's somekind of a circle for those women, never mind what they seem to try, it always come down to the same situation for them.

The movie is informative since it shows us the situation of women in the Iranian society. In the last few years, we have seen some opening from the Iranian government of Khatami. Hopefully, the situation of women will get better, even though there's a lot of resistance from the Islam and the men.

The acting in this one, like in other movies from Iran, is excellent. The actors are no superstars and they play their role naturally. The beautiful Fereshteh Sadr Orfani is excellent in the role of the four month pregnant women who's wishing for an abortion since she's not married.

The camera work in this one is also good even if it sometimes make you a little dizzy. Just like Scorcese in a few scene of Goodfellas or in The Blair Witch Project, the camera is always in movement. We feel like we're part of the action.

A film to open the eyes.

7 out of 10.

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