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The Day I Became a Woman (2000)
"Roozi ke zan shodam" (original title)

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A film comprised of three interconnected vignettes that depict women at three stages of life in Iran. The first part centers on a young girl on her ninth birthday who is told that she can ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Fatemeh Cherag Akhar ...
Hava
Hassan Nebhan ...
Hassan
Shahr Banou Sisizadeh ...
Mother
Ameneh Passand ...
Grandmother
Shabnam Toloui ...
Ahoo
Sirous Kahvarinegad ...
Husband
Mahram Zeinal Zadeh ...
Osmann
Norieh Mahigiran ...
Rival Cyclist
Azizeh Sedighi ...
Hoora
Badr Iravani ...
Young Boy
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A film comprised of three interconnected vignettes that depict women at three stages of life in Iran. The first part centers on a young girl on her ninth birthday who is told that she can no longer play with the boys she had been playing with only the day before because she is now a woman. Told from the perspective of a 9-year-old girl who does not feel like or know what the word "woman" refers to, we see how devastatingly this affects both the girl and the boy with whom she had been friends. The second part is about a young woman who decides to enter a bicycle race against her husband's wishes. As first, the husband and then increasing numbers of men from her village ride beside her on horseback to convince her to return home. The race begins to symbolize a freedom that she desperately wants from the limitations that have been placed on her. Finally, the third part shows us an old woman who has come into some money and is now free to do what she wants. The way she chooses to use this... Written by Jonathan Beebe <jrbeebe@midway.uchicago.edu>

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Also Known As:

Dagen då jag blev en kvinna  »

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Budget:

$180,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$48,255 (USA) (6 April 2001)

Gross:

$344,235 (USA) (15 June 2001)
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In the first sequence, the lollipop that Hava and Hassan pass between them grows and shrinks in size without regard to the passage of time. See more »

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Short and sweet
28 April 2003 | by (Boise, Idaho, USA) – See all my reviews

I felt the need to defend this film as I don't believe it deserves the above rant. It is true that we are not given many details about the three characters whose stories are presented. But we are given enough to feel sympathy for the girl whose childhood is over, the woman who just wants to be allowed to ride her bike, and the woman who was finally able to buy the things she's always wanted. The English title evokes an expectation that each of these stories represents a transition.

As a woman, it sometimes occurs to me to wonder what that means exactly. This film explores the fact of being a woman and what it means to become one. Was Hoora not a woman before today? We are left to imagine what her life was like before and what brought her to this circumstance, but clearly these details are not so important.

This film is an exploration, not a documentary. It is beautiful and bittersweet (and personally I liked the music) It is not Hollywood by any standard but it is not complicated and even to a Westerner like me it held a lot of truth. It's purpose can be as much to explore one's own views as those of the Iranian filmmaker, and should be viewed as a piece of art rather than a mainstream American movie. Give it a chance, it's only 74 minutes.


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