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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 »
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Extremely powerful portrait of women who suffer. 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
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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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Runtime:
90 min
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Featured in Cinema Iran (2005) (TV)See more »

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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Extremely powerful portrait of women who suffer., 18 March 2003
Author: Audun Bråten (braugen@hotmail.com) from Oslo, Norway

Iranian director Jafar Panahi's Golden Lion winner of 2000, "Dayereh", is a critical and extremely powerful film about women who suffer from the injustices of the laws of the Islamic Republic.

As an atheist I support no religions, and I do not think one is better or more respectful to human lives than any other. "Dayereh" is a film that is concerned with religion only as far as it is a film that takes place in Iran, a country where Islamic Law dominates or even rules over the secular law. I am not an expert on Iranian law, but I do hold "Dayereh" to be the TRUTH, not a propaganda fiction of no concern to reality. Therefore, I admire Iranian directors who constantly produce magnificent films although they have to battle against censorship and the strict rule of the Ayatollah. This perhaps forces filmmakers to adapt a more poetic film semiotics, perhaps only suggesting cruelty and injustice, not showing it directly like Western directors are allowed to do.

Like Mohsen Makhmalbaf and Abbas Kiarostami before him, Jafar Panahi has succeeded in producing a small, but superb film. Kambuzia Partovi's script is great, linking the misfortune and fates of several young Iranian women together into a whole narrative. All four or five women (one is not as thoroughly described) have committed unlawful acts, but their crimes are not explicitly stated in the dialogue of the film. However, we understand that their crimes would not be considered near a crime in most other countries, because it is related to sex and female independence, not to real criminality. Bahram Badakshani's camera is always close to the women, and their acting is nothing less than brilliant. The tracking movement of the camera and the shots composed by a hand-held camera result in many long takes, where the actresses get to show their skill wihtout editing. This is also a marvellous success for the director Panahi.

This film also contains a subtle symbolic factor, namely the wish for several of the women to smoke a cigarette. Different interruptions and laws concerning females and cigarettes prevent the women to smoke until one of the last scenes, when a women is arrested for travelling alone in a car with a man to whom she is not married (prostitution?). When a male prisoner is lighting up his cigarette, the woman does the same, and this time no one stops her. The smoking of the cigarette is not a symbol of freedom, because all the young women end up back in prison, but the cigarette does create a symbol of escape, although it is an escape from society, and not from the persecution of women who act like human beings (in Iran, read men). The smoking becomes Virginia Woolf's room of their own, the escape from a society that does not want them to be free.

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