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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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Credited cast:
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Pegah Ferydoni ...
Faezeh
Arita Shahrzad ...
Farrokhlagha
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Mehdi Moinzadeh ...
Sarhang
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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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The bathhouse shown in the movie is in Turkish style and everyone is wearing blue and white clothes while in Iranian bathhouses people usually wear red and black clothes. See more »

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Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2009 (2009) See more »

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String Quartet No 10 E flat Major Op 125/1
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This film lingers with you for a long time
23 October 2010 | by (Bergen, Norway) – See all my reviews

The director Shirin Neshat has in "Zanan-e bedun-e mardan", made a visually stunning and important film, with a lot of good acting performances. Especially by Pegah Ferydoni(as Faezeh), and Arita Shahrzad (as Farrokhlagha). When you walk out of the cinema after having watched this movie, the real world will for a time seem a bit more colorless and unreal.

With the military coup of the Shah of Iran in 1953 as a background, four women find out the price for freedom. And through them, the audience find out the price and value of freedom for themselves. The film also draws the historical lines between the democratic Iran of the early 1950s, and the "Green movement" of today.


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