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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Release Date:

26 October 2001 (Italy)  »

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


$114,183 (USA) (11 October 2002)

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19 October 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This is a superb film. Almost plotless, but far from pointless, this film really made us think about what democracy means in a society where the democratic political institutions are so slight.

The young female voting agent is excellent, transforming, as her day on Kish proceeds, from fresh faced idealist to drawn pragmatist. Her soldier guard, by way of contrast, is barely touched by what he sees, he's kind of seen it all before.

The traffic light in the middle of nowhere is surely symbolic of the futility of such democracy, as well as surrealistically very funny.

Avoid this film like the plague of you need action, glamour or twist in your movies, but if you want to be thinking about a film for days after seeing it, Secret Ballot is a great one to see.

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