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Ayneh (1997)

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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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:

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Country:

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Language:

Persian

Release Date:

25 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Mono

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Jafar Panahi's 2nd feature film. See more »

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Jafar Panahi must be recognized
30 December 2010 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Iranian director Jafar Panahi recently got arrested, charged with propaganda. He is sentenced to six years in jail and is banned from making movies for twenty years. This makes his 1997 movie "The Mirror" ("Ayneh" in Farsi) all the more interesting. The movie depicts a girl wandering Tehran's chaotic streets looking for her mother. Suddenly, she decides that she doesn't want to play the part anymore! First time that I've ever seen that happen in a movie.

The only other Panahi movie that I've seen is "Offside", about women getting kept from attending a soccer game, officially because the men's legs are showing. Judging by that, and by the conversations that the girl hears on the bus in "The Mirror", Panahi is not a director whose films really please Iran's authorities. There should be no doubt as to why he now languishes in jail. And above all, I truly recommend this movie.


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