MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 12,751 this week

Ten (2002)
"Dah" (original title)

7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 4,623 users   Metascore: 86/100
Reviews: 30 user | 77 critic | 21 from Metacritic.com

Ten sequences examine the emotional lives of women at significant junctures.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 22 titles
created 30 Aug 2012
 
list image
a list of 39 titles
created 29 Sep 2012
 
a list of 38 titles
created 14 Jan 2013
 
a list of 29 titles
created 17 Mar 2013
 
a list of 30 titles
created 25 Oct 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Ten" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Ten (2002)

Ten (2002) on IMDb 7.5/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Ten.
3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An Iranian man drives his truck in search of someone who will quietly bury him under a cherry tree after he commits suicide.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Stars: Homayoun Ershadi, Abdolrahman Bagheri, Afshin Khorshid Bakhtiari
Close-Up (1990)
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Pretending to be Mohsen Makhmalbaf making his next movie, Hossain Sabzian enters the home of a well-to-do family in Tehran, promising it a prominent part in his next movie. The actual ... See full summary »

Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Stars: Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Hossain Sabzian, Abolfazl Ahankhah
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In Tokyo, a young sex worker develops an unexpected connection with a widower over a period of two days.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Stars: Rin Takanashi, Tadashi Okuno, Ryô Kase
ABC Africa (2001)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Documentary account of the AIDS crisis in Uganda.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Stars: Abbas Kiarostami, Seyfolah Samadian
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In Tuscany to promote his latest book, a middle-aged British writer meets a French woman who leads him to the village of Lucignano. While there, a chance question reveals something deeper.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Stars: Juliette Binoche, William Shimell, Jean-Claude Carrière
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Iran, 2007, 77 min., In Dah be alaveh Chahar / 10 + 4, though, circumstances are different: Mania is fighting cancer... See full synopsis »

Director: Mania Akbari
Stars: Mania Akbari, Roya Akbari, Mina Hamidi
20 Fingers (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A film in several episodes with Bijan Daneshmand and Mania Akbari, exposing some of the issues of men and women within the confines of tradition and family life in Iran. Each episode ... See full summary »

Director: Mania Akbari
Stars: Bijan Daneshmand, Mania Akbari
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Stars: Parviz Naderi, Hossein Yarmohammadi
The Traveler (1974)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A grade-school-age boy, neglected by his parents, lies, cheats, and steals to accumulate enough money to afford a bus ride to a large city and a ticket to see his favorite soccer team play.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Stars: Hassan Darabi, Masud Zandbegleh
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A woman orders a suit from a tailor for her young son to wear to her sister's wedding. The tailor's apprentice, together with two other teenage boys who work in the same building, devise a ... See full summary »

Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Stars: Mohammad Fassih, Mehdi Nekoueï, Massoud Zand
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Five sequences : 1) A piece of driftwood on the seashore, carried about by the waves 2) People walking on the seashore. The oldest ones stop by, look at the sea, then go away 3) Blurry ... See full summary »

Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Driver
Amin Maher ...
Amin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kamran Adl
Roya Akbari ...
Prostitute + Lover (as Roya Arabshahi)
Roya Arabshahi
Amene Moradi
Mandana Sharbaf
Katayoun Taleizadeh
Edit

Storyline

Ten, the latest film by Iranian master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, focuses on ten conversations between a female driver in Tehran and the passengers in her car. Her exchanges with her young son, a jilted bride, a prostitute, a women on her way to prayer and others, shed light on the lives and emotions of these women whose voices are seldom heard. Written by Stephen Kirkham

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

18 September 2002 (France)  »

Also Known As:

10  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,559 (USA) (7 March 2003)

Gross:

$105,656 (USA) (6 June 2003)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Ranked #47 in Empire magazine's "The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema" in 2010. See more »

Goofs

Car windows, both driver's and passenger's, vary between being closed, part-open or open between shots. See more »

Quotes

Prostitute: [to a Married woman] You are wholesailers. We are retailers.
See more »

Connections

Followed by One. Two. One (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Walking In The Air
Written and Performed by Howard Blake
© Chester Music Limited represented by Première Music Group
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
9 times out of 10, it works... not a bad ratio!
8 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

The front-page review of this film simply doesn't do this marvelous film justice. Renowned Iranian film-maker Abbas Kiarostami takes an innovative approach at giving us a very deep glimpse not only into the life of mother and child, but also into Iran, its society and the situation of women transitioning to a more assertive role in society (however, I don't think one should be confused that the issues women face in Iran are not relevant to women elsewhere in the world, including the West).

The film has two fixed camera angles, one giving us a view of the driver-side and the other a view of the passenger side of an automobile. The driver is a mother who has left her husband and now resides with her new lover (she is the common thread in all ten "episodes"). Each sequence places a different person in the passenger seat, with particular emphasis on her son (who rides in four of the 10 scenes, if I'm not mistaken).

It is this mother-son relationship that is at the crux of the film, and for good reason. The performances of these two characters was nothing short of amazing. The boy in particular, with every eye-twitch, frown, smile, and outburst was able to convey a frighteningly realistic portrayal of a boy who is all at once obstinate, angry, disrespectful, and immature, yet still sweet and somewhat an innocent victim of the situation. He is unforgiving to his mother for walking out on him and "breaking up the family" and is reluctant to accept any explanation his mother offers. They trade barbs and though the love is there, you can see the seeds already planted in the young adolescent of a society that subordinates women to their male partners. Here, it is so profound that even a pre-teen lectures his mother on right and wrong.

The mother bounces back and forth between defending herself to accepting blame, showing the cracks of guilt that clearly lie beneath her composed and beautiful surface. And it's a beauty that her son can't recognize: she's a sexy passionate woman with needs of not just a mother but also as a lover and a liver; but like all children he can only see her as an adult and a mother.

The other key character involves a friend who desperately seeks a life partner, but finds herself unsuccessful at every turn. Most recently, a man she has been seeing tells her that he cannot marry her because he does not love her. She coyly reveals from under her veil that in her grief she has shaved her head completely. This act is astonishing not because it is defiant but because it is terribly charming. She can't offer an explanation as to why she has done it, but no explanation is necessary. Who hasn't at some time when an ego has been made fragile by rejection, sought to change hair, clothing, face, self? And it is with this scene, with veil pulled back, that the woman's beauty is uncovered, not because we see her hair or her bald head, but because of the insight the shaving act gives to her character, and her innocent embarrassment brings a smile to her tear-stained face that lights up the screen.

I give the film a 9 and not a 10 because of one sequence involving a conversation with a prostitute in the passenger seat. Presumably the driver has given a ride to hitch-hiker, leading to an intelligent conversation/debate about the world's oldest profession. But this scene seemed a little out-of-place, contrived, and added little to the more general theme of the rest of the film. This one slip-up notwithstanding, "Ten" is a creative and wonderful experience for film lovers who seek something out of the ordinary. And it has a final scene which punctuates the film perfectly.


37 of 40 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why 10 (and not 9, for example)? birthdaynoodle
Were they completely interpretating? Braza
Where to see it? aescheller
help xhoanaa
What was her job? bookworm345
just randomly picking up women? i_am_uncool
Discuss Ten (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?