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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 »
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Not much I can say that hasn't been said before, but I wanted to say it anyway. 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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Also Known As:
"Dayereh" - Iran (original title)
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Runtime:
90 min
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References La Ronde (1950)See more »

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23 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Not much I can say that hasn't been said before, but I wanted to say it anyway., 16 January 2003
Author: Daniel Yates from Montreal, Canada

While reading the various interviews with Jafar Panahi concerning his latest film "The Circle", I noticed that he always stresses the fact that his film is not a feminist film, but a humanist film. I'm reminded of the times I've been in a political conversation with someone and they've said "I'm no feminist but..." and then said something in defense of women's rights. Well, whether he intended it or not, Panahi has made a feminist film, because after all, feminism in its most basic form has nothing to do with hating men, but is merely a desire for the fair and equal treatment of women, and equal human rights is of course a cornerstone of humanism. I'm no scholar (and that I can say in all honesty) but yes, I would say I'm a feminist. I've never been on a march, and I've never read the works of any great feminist theorists, but to the core of my soul I believe in the equal and fair treatment of women, and if that doesn't make me a feminist I don't know what does.

Of course, all this discussion about feminism wouldn't matter if "The Circle" wasn't such a strong film. Panahi's film, almost universally praised, will receive no negative criticism here either. His use of narrative (most reviews compare the narrative style to "La Ronde" [1950], but I suppose comparisons could be made with "The Phantom of Liberty" [1974] and "Slacker" [1990], for that matter) might be perceived by some rob the characters of their individuality, but of course that is part of the point. In Iran today women are all grouped together, Panahi is saying, and they are seen as no more that a collective problem for men to deal with. Ultimately, there is nothing I can say about this film that hasn't been said before, but I wanted a chance to express my appreciation for this extraordinary myself.

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