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Secret Ballot (2001)
"Raye makhfi" (original title)

G  |   |  Comedy  |  26 October 2001 (Italy)
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A female election agent and a gun-toting soldier try to collect votes among the local islanders with mixed success.

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A soldier stationed on a deserted beach wakes up and discovers that it's not going to be an ordinary day: there are the elections, but nobody seems to know anything about them. Just as an electoral urn is being parachuted from the sky, a young woman disembarks on the beach. To the soldier's bafflement, it turns out that she is in charge of the mobile electoral seat and voting on the islands; therefore the soldier is obliged to obey her orders and escort her with his rifle and army jeep across the desert, where the woman obstinately intends to collect the votes. During the day, stressed by a series of absurd events, the two learn to get to know each other. At sunset, when the young woman leaves, the man realizes that the secret vote contained much more than he had ever imagined. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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In Iran, a major new voice is emerging.

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$14,609 (USA) (9 August 2002)

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$114,183 (USA) (11 October 2002)
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relaxed thought provoking film
13 May 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

You can't help but love the tenacity of this lady, it is very interesting to see how this contrasts with the personality of the solider and how all of that together makes a comment about politics, law and life. Once you move away from the hustle-bustle of the city and have the time and space to think, much of what we view as social necessity is absurd, and this film makes that point. I love the directing, it is very relaxed and slow, like life on the island, it makes the lady seem all that more out of place.

Its a very unique and well thought out film, to be appreciated most by contemplatives.

If you know of other films like this and want to recommend them my email address is cs_weaver @ yahoo .com


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