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The Mirror (1997)

Ayneh (original title)
When a young girl becomes lost in the hustle and bustle of Tehran, her journey turns into a dazzling exercise on the nature of film itself. In this ingenious and daringly original feature, ... See full summary »

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Jafar Panahi

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Jafar Panahi
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Cast

Cast overview:
Mina Mohammad Khani Mina Mohammad Khani ... Little Girl / Mina
Aida Mohammadkhani Aida Mohammadkhani ... Mina
Kazem Mojdehi Kazem Mojdehi
Naser Omuni Naser Omuni
M. Shirzad M. Shirzad
T. Samadpour T. Samadpour
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Storyline

When a young girl becomes lost in the hustle and bustle of Tehran, her journey turns into a dazzling exercise on the nature of film itself. In this ingenious and daringly original feature, world renowned director Jafar Panahi (The White Balloon, Crimson gold) has wrapped a blunt political critique inside the layers of a deceptively simple film. Written by [from video jacket]

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Drama

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Official Sites:

sourehcinema

Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

25 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El espejo See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$69,915

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$69,915
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Production Co:

Rooz Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film stars Mina Mohammadkhani, the sister of Aida Mohammadkhani (The White Balloon). See more »

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Wonderful and powerful film.
14 September 1999 | by Red-125See all my reviews

Ayneh (The Mirror) is an unusual, interesting, and compelling work. The young star, Mina, is type-cast as a forceful and self-reliant young girl. The city of Teheran, as portrayed, has an almost anarchic quality to its vehicle and pedestrian traffic rules. The constant threat of accident adds a real edge to this cinema verité film. (In fact, the only problem I had with this movie was the ethical concern of allowing any actor, especially a young girl, anywhere near all this traffic.)

The Mirror is an excellent choice if you are looking for a noisy, exciting portrayal of an individual caught up in a realistic urban setting. Not a soothing film, but in my opinion, a great one.


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