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Women Without Men (2009)
"Zanan-e bedun-e mardan" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  12 March 2010 (Italy)
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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.

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Shabnam Toloui ...
Munis
Pegah Ferydoni ...
Faezeh
Arita Shahrzad ...
Farrokhlagha
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Zarin (as Orsi Toth)
Ahmad Hamed ...
Gardener
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Ali (as Navíd Akhavan)
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Abbas
Essa Zahir ...
Amir Khan
Tahmoures Tehrani ...
General Sadri
Abbas Bakhtiari ...
Singer
Mehdi Moinzadeh ...
Communist Leader
Farhad Payar ...
Leading Officer
Shahrnoush Parsipour ...
Madame Pari
Said Oveissi ...
Hassan
Mithra Zahedi ...
Nahid
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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.

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$14,404 (USA) (9 April 2010)

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Another women-on-women movie fail
2 September 2010 | by (Yurp) – See all my reviews

In a way, it does what it says on the tin: it's a movie about women who escape the -- always suppressive -- men in their life. In Iran in the 1950ies. There is a woman whose brother is trying to force her into marriage, a prostitute, the ageing wife of a general, a girl in love with an orthodox Muslim. All suffer ignominy from men without really engaging them or even fighting back. They eventually all retreat into a surreal orchard owned by the general's wife. At the same time we get to witness a bit of the political upheavals of the 1954 CIA-sponsored coup against the democratically-elected prime minister Mossadeq.

Director Shirin Neshat was born in Iran and left as a young woman as a result of the 1979 Islamic revolution; so she knows both Iran and the West. Here she is able to employ her expertise as a video artist in some scenes, which give the film a unique visual style (for example there is a "still" scene where the people seem to be both frozen as well as slightly moving).

What I didn't like about this movie is that it always stays on the political surface. We notice that there is a revolution going on, but we don't get to see any historic context -- by way of saying "sit up and listen, USA, this is how you fecked up Iran in a big way". Communists as well as loyal supporters of the Shah somehow seem to be equally opposing "the system". I also didn't like how women are portrayed as helpless victims of one-dimensionally evil men.


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