MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 3,332 this week

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

7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 1,084 users   Metascore: 84/100
Reviews: 19 user | 47 critic | 24 from Metacritic.com

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 »

Director:

(as Marziyeh Meshkini)

Writers:

(dialogue) (as Marzieh Meshkini) ,
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 49 titles
created 04 Dec 2010
 
a list of 42 titles
created 28 Apr 2013
 
a list of 34 titles
created 10 Dec 2013
 
list image
a list of 33 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 28 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Day I Became a Woman (2000)

The Day I Became a Woman (2000) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Day I Became a Woman.
11 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran's 1953 CIA-backed coup d'état, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard garden, where they find independence, solace and companionship.

Directors: Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari
Stars: Shabnam Toloui, Pegah Ferydoni, Arita Shahrzad
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Spanning 18 years in an Iranian women's prison, this follows two women: the new prison warden, a tough as nails devout Muslim who has served in the army on the Iraqi front, and a young ... See full summary »

Director: Manijeh Hekmat
Stars: Roya Nonahali, Roya Taymourian, Pegah Ahangarani
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A semi-autobiographical account of Makmahlbaf's experience as a teenager when, as a 17-year-old, he stabbed a policeman at a protest rally. Two decades later, he tracks down the policeman he injured in an attempt to make amends.

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Stars: Mirhadi Tayebi, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Ali Bakhsi
The Cyclist (1987)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The wife of Nasim, an Afghan immigrant in Iran, is gravely ill. He needs money to pay for her care, but his day labor digging wells does not pay enough. A friend connects Nasim to a two-bit... See full summary »

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Stars: Mahshid Afsharzadeh, Firouz Kiani, Samira Makhmalbaf
Gabbeh (1996)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An elderly couple go about their routine of cleaning their gabbeh (a intricately-designed rug), while bickering gently with each other. Magically, a young woman appears, helping the two ... See full summary »

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Stars: Shaghayeh Djodat, Hossein Moharami, Rogheih Moharami
The Runner (1984)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Amiro is a young boy who has lost his home during the war. He spends his days by working odd jobs, until he realizes that the only way that he can realize his dreams is by enrolling in ... See full summary »

Director: Amir Naderi
Stars: Abbas Nazeri, Majid Niroumand, Musa Torkizadeh
Border Café (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

"Cafe Transit" depicts an independent-minded widow who bucks tradition to run her dead husband's truck stop café.

Director: Kambuzia Partovi
Stars: Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy, Parviz Parastui, Nikos Papadopoulos
The Father (1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Mehrollah is a 14-year-old boy who is forced to find a job to support his family after his father dies. He travels to the southern parts of Iran, looking for work. Upon his return to his hometown, he notices certain changes in his family.

Director: Majid Majidi
Stars: Hossein Abedini, Mohammad Kasebi, Parivash Nazarieh
The Gardener (2012)
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The Gardener is a surreal film made using documentary-style techniques via the cameras of father and son (the Makhmalbafs) who go to Israel to learn about a religion (Baha'i faith) that ... See full summary »

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Stars: Ririva Eona Mabi, Paula Asadi, Bal Kumari Gurung
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Young Iranian Kurds (brothers and sisters) try to save the youngest of them, who is seriously ill.

Director: Bahman Ghobadi
Stars: Ayoub Ahmadi, Rojin Younessi, Amaneh Ekhtiar-dini
The Apple (1998)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After twelve years of imprisonment by their own parents, two sisters are finally released by social workers to face the outside world for the first time.

Director: Samira Makhmalbaf
Stars: Massoumeh Naderi, Zahra Naderi, Ghorban Ali Naderi
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young girl zealously wants to go to school and learn to read and write. Almost everywhere she is met with hostility or indifference. The only young boy who takes her to his school is ... See full summary »

Director: Hana Makhmalbaf
Stars: Abbas Alijome, Abdolali Hoseinali, Nikbakht Noruz
Edit

Cast

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
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

girl | boy | old woman | iran | birthday | See All (41) »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 March 2001 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Dagen då jag blev en kvinna  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$180,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$344,235 (USA) (15 June 2001)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

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 »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Artistically beautiful, intelligent and thought provoking
20 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Director Marziyeh Meshkini's film "The Day I Became a Woman" is an incredibly intelligent examination of a number of important challenges: the transition from childhood to adulthood, the pain inherent in asserting individual will, and the condition of womanhood. These themes are explored in the stories of three individual women of different generations, and each vignette contains powerful insights about the meaning of femininity, not only in Iranian culture but throughout human society.

I'm also glad this film is out on DVD soon (October 18). This DVD looks like it will be particularly good; it comes with an audio-commentary by Richard Pena and an essay by Shirin Neshat, an amazing Iranian artist and photographer. I found the film's website: thedayibecameawoman.com, and it's worth a look if you want to find out more about this film.

Meshkini's skill as a director highlights beautifully the complexities of such issues; she uses powerful symbolism and even surrealist imagery to give each vignette depth and energy. I am particularly fond of the first, in which we are introduced to a young girl on her 9th birthday. She is informed by her mother and grandmother that after this day, she will become a woman, and must accept all the societal impositions that this entails. Her reaction is not defiance or rebellion, neither is it resigned acceptance. She is a complete human being, and nothing separates her from her present reality.

Meshkini gives the view a great deal to ponder through the entire film, and leaves her viewers with new, fresh ideas and ways of thinking about human society. I whole-heartedly recommend this film to those who do not take for granted the roles and lifestyles assigned by society.


3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
movie location depintouk
Vocal minority? Garbo1932
Discuss The Day I Became a Woman (2000) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?