Watch Trailer
Women Without Men (2009)
Women Without Men | 01:55
Watch Trailer
MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 39,949 this week

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

 |  Drama  |  12 March 2010 (Italy)
6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 1,777 users   Metascore: 68/100
Reviews: 12 user | 65 critic | 16 from Metacritic.com

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.

Writers:

, (screenplay), 2 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

WATCH NOW

10 Best Back-to-School TV Shows

Dust off your varsity jacket and get excited for fall with our list of the 10 best back-to-school TV shows.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 31 Jul 2012
 
a list of 38 titles
created 25 Feb 2013
 
a list of 43 titles
created 06 Jan 2014
 
a list of 46 titles
created 28 Jul 2014
 
a list of 43 titles
created 1 week ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Women Without Men (2009)

Women Without Men (2009) on IMDb 6.3/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Women Without Men.
7 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The intertwined lives of 2 women in 1970's France, set against the progress of the women's movement in which Agnes Varda was involved. Pomme and Suzanne meet when Pomme helps Suzanne obtain... See full summary »

Director: Agnès Varda
Stars: Thérèse Liotard, Valérie Mairesse, Robert Dadiès
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A film comprised of three interconnected vignettes that depict women at three stages of life in Iran. The first part centers on a young girl on her ninth birthday who is told that she can ... See full summary »

Director: Marzieh Makhmalbaf
Stars: Fatemeh Cherag Akhar, Hassan Nebhan, Shahr Banou Sisizadeh
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Sisters Maria and Anna live together. Maria is a most proficient executive secretary, encouraging Anna to finish her studies and start a career. Anna broods, threatens to quit university, ... See full summary »

Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Stars: Jutta Lampe, Gudrun Gabriel, Jessica Früh
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After the Sino-Japanese War, Kwei Dz, one of the family members of Japanese soldiers accepted a Chinese officer's proposal and remained in China. Later they had a daughter named Ann. The ... See full summary »

Director: Ann Hui
Stars: Maggie Cheung, Siu-Kwong Chung, Tan Lang Jachi Tian
Mossadegh (2011)
Short | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In 1959, under coercion of the CIA, an American physician questions his objectives of having to assassinate a deposed famed Iranian political figure living under house arrest.

Director: Roozbeh Dadvand
Stars: David Diaan, Sam R. Ross, Bobby Naderi
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A documentary on Iran's 2010 Green Revolution.

Director: Ali Samadi Ahadi
Stars: Mohsen Kadivar, Mitra Khalatbari, Shadi Sadr
Women Without Men (TV Movie 2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

"Women Without Men" is a modern-day Golden Girls, shot in the style of Curb Your Enthusiasm. The show is about a group of female friends who were once married and had decent careers; but ... See full summary »

Director: Penny Marshall
Stars: Penny Marshall, Lorraine Bracco, Dyan Cannon
Rapture (1999)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Director: Shirin Neshat
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A week before its delivery, a baby warns his pregnant mother he doesn't want to come out in this world and prefers to die instead. She tries then to convince him otherwise by telling him ... See full summary »

Director: Marion Hänsel
Stars: Carmen Maura, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Didier Bezace
Turbulent (2002)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Director: Shirin Neshat
Stars: Shoja Azari
Short | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Mary was a good girl until she decides to kill all the "sexist pigs". She of course encounters many of which, and enjoys killing them.

Director: Sarah Jacobson
Stars: Kristin Calabrese, Phil Calabrese, Corey
Three Sisters (1988)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Stars: Fanny Ardant, Greta Scacchi, Valeria Golino
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shabnam Toloui ...
Munis
Pegah Ferydoni ...
Faezeh
Arita Shahrzad ...
Farrokhlagha
...
Zarin (as Orsi Toth)
Ahmad Hamed ...
Gardener
...
Ali (as Navíd Akhavan)
...
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
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

| | | | |

Language:

|

Release Date:

12 March 2010 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Women Without Men  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$175,995 (USA) (11 June 2010)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Cha Cha Nova
Written by Gerhard Narholz
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Over-reaching film nonetheless has merits to savour
1 November 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was a highly ambitious Iranian film following the lives of several women in 1950s Iran. It may be of interest to American viewers in that the backdrop to the movie is the 1953 coup, where the CIA, in support of an absolute monarch (the Shah), helped overthrow a democratically elected government. That assumes that anyone is still interested in finding out "why the world hates America", I think it's become passé to ruminate on that now. But if you flick CNN on and see the latest wranglings with Iran, well here is where the story started, it's a good idea not to start reading at chapter 56.

The main focus of the film though is the treatment of several Iranian women by the society in which they live, and their retreat to a magical garden without men. It's an awesomely ambitious adaptation of a famous novel of the same name by Shahrnush Parsipur (who has a cameo appearance as the brothel madam). It's not particularly successful, I don't like saying that, but I think even Shirin Neshat, who was present for the screening was not happy with the finished article, which took a very long time to film. She has simply tried to weave too many strands. The most successful story perhaps is of the young prostitute Zarin, who is anorexic and actually played very well by a Hungarian actress, Orsolya Tóth. It's no surprise to me that Neshat actually made a 20 minute short starring the same actress in 2005 called Zarin, which was very well received.

In the Women Without Men, Zarin, who runs away from a brothel is seen furiously rubbing her body raw in some public baths. She speaks not a single word in the whole movie, and that is the most effective condemnation of the society she lives in.

We can see some of the terrible attitudes prevailing then and perhaps now as well about women. Amir Khan (played very ably by Essa Zahir) at one point approaches one of the women (Faezeh played by Pegah Ferydoni) and gives her this line about how women are flowers who blossom and then wither. He then asks her to become his second wife; his first wife, who has withered, will "of course" become her servant. Khan has absolutely no idea of the level of misogyny he's communicating. One of the women is a general's wife, her husband ends an incredibly oafish rant with an order for her to come and eat some melon because he wants her to. In the movie we see a distillation of the unfortunate insensitivities to which a group of Iranian women have been subjected. It's important to note that it would be an overreaction to condemn Iranian male society en masse.

It's a very beautiful movie, the garden of the villa that the general's wife sets herself up in after a very scandalous separation, is really very magical and shot wondrously. I was worried that the movie was getting a bit lost in it's quest for aesthetic perfection, and thusly becomes almost soporific. The stories of the different women became a bit cacophonic, there was no unison message. It's got to be pretty unbalanced as well, men are almost uniformly comedy sketch buffoons, the women martyrs.


41 of 48 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
It looks like one of a kind. greatdane20
Review from myetvmedia.com etvltd
Not Worth the Time film_ophile
Discuss Women Without Men (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?