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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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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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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

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,741, 2 October 1998

Gross USA:

$44,970, 6 June 1999
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Rooz Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In a 2006 interview, Panahi said that the film was meant to show how "reality and the imagination are intertwined, they are very similar". Also he mentioned about how the film is staged in a way which normally nobody would suspect was drama but would instead believe was real. See more »

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"How she rebels and who she rebels against is what turns this film into a masterpiece."
10 December 2005 | by elsinefiloSee all my reviews

A child (Mina Mohammad Khani) waits in vain for her mother to pick her up after school. Whether she tries to resolve the dilemma herself or asks for help from the adult world, this serious little girl confronts dead-ends. At first She asks help from a motorcycle driver and the guy gives her a lift to the bus-stop then she takes the wrong bus so on and on.She challenges the adult world. "If you can show me the way I can go by myself" is a repeated line in the movie but the adult world does regard her either weak or it doesn't care about her.The close camera shot right on the little girl is very good really and the performance of this little girl deserves a standing ovation. Great job! The only thing is that I felt that the movie lacks a little bit action through the turmoil of urban life. The director focuses on littler girl more than necessary I guess. We hear some external voices (like the people on the bus) but the camera is always on the girl so this feels a little bit passive. Other than that it's really great!


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