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

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  8 March 2001 (France)
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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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$180,000 (estimated)

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

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$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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"Giiiirl, You'll be a Woman...Sooooon..."
21 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had completely forgotten about this movie, until I had a dream about the bicycles and the beach at the end. The more I thought back, the more I wanted to see it again.

I know this film has a very firm political message, but the images are so simple, universal and kinda powerful they linger with you, or at least have with me for years.

Three stories, none of which connect, about woman living in Iran, a young girl who finds out she has has to go to the "all girls" school soon, leaving behind her male friends, a woman bicycles away from her wedding and refuses to pull over, an and elderly woman whose husband is dead who can now do what she has always wanted, create the home of her dreams, with furniture right along the beach; a house without walls.

Effective, original, and poignant. When does one, become a woman(or man), and why? How is it different for each character, how is it the same, and what does is spell out once it's all putt together? ...almost makes me want to learn to ride a bike.


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