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The Circle (2000)

Dayereh (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 9 September 2000 (Italy)
Various women struggle to function in the oppressively sexist society of contemporary Iran.

Director:

Jafar Panahi

Writers:

Kambuzia Partovi, Jafar Panahi (idea)
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Complete credited cast:
Nargess Mamizadeh Nargess Mamizadeh ... Nargess
Maryiam Palvin Almani Maryiam Palvin Almani ... Arezou (as Maryam Parvin Almani)
Mojgan Faramarzi Mojgan Faramarzi ... Mojgan - Prostitute
Elham Saboktakin Elham Saboktakin ... Elham - Nurse
Monir Arab Monir Arab ... Monir - Ticket Seller
Maedeh Tahmasebi Maedeh Tahmasebi ... Maedeh (as Maedeh Tahmasbi)
Maryam Shayegan Maryam Shayegan ... Parveneh
Khadijeh Moradi Khadijeh Moradi
Negar Ghadyani Negar Ghadyani
Solmaz Panahi Solmaz Panahi ... Solmaz
Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy ... Pari (as Fereshteh Sadr Orafai)
Fatemeh Naghavi Fatemeh Naghavi ... Nayer
Ataollah Moghadas Ataollah Moghadas ... Haji
Abbas Alizadeh Abbas Alizadeh ... Father of Pari
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In a hospital waiting room a woman learns her daughter, Solmaz Gholami, has just given birth. The ultrasound test had prepared the family for a boy. The baby, it turns out, is a girl. The joy the mother anticipated turns to terror for she knows her son-in-law's family will abandon her daughter. The old woman flees as the in-laws arrive. On the crowded streets of Tehran - a place where women are not permitted to stay out on their own or smoke in public - two women are also on the run. Arezou and Nargess have just been granted temporary leave from prison but they have no plans to return. They manage to scrounge together enough money for the bus trip to Nargess' hometown, but she lacks proper identification, and the police are searching everyone at the station. Meanwhile, their friend Pari has just escaped from prison in order to have an abortion. Threatened with death by her brothers, she flees from her father's house and meets with a former inmate, Elham, who is now married to a doctor... Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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The film was shot in 35 days over a 53-day period. See more »

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Disturbing and informative
31 March 2001 | by LeRoyMarkoSee all my reviews

I saw that movie in Toronto and, at the time, I had in mind a few other movies from Iran that I really enjoyed: Gabbeh, A Time for Drunken Horses and Children of Heaven. You could say that I had big expectations for The Circle.

I must admit that halfway through The Circle, I wasn't too pleased. So many characters, what's the link between them, and other questions. Then, I saw the light! We don't need to see what happen with the first characters that we get to know in the movie. We know what is happening to them. We know that they're stuck in a society where they're next to nothing. It's somekind of a circle for those women, never mind what they seem to try, it always come down to the same situation for them.

The movie is informative since it shows us the situation of women in the Iranian society. In the last few years, we have seen some opening from the Iranian government of Khatami. Hopefully, the situation of women will get better, even though there's a lot of resistance from the Islam and the men.

The acting in this one, like in other movies from Iran, is excellent. The actors are no superstars and they play their role naturally. The beautiful Fereshteh Sadr Orfani is excellent in the role of the four month pregnant women who's wishing for an abortion since she's not married.

The camera work in this one is also good even if it sometimes make you a little dizzy. Just like Scorcese in a few scene of Goodfellas or in The Blair Witch Project, the camera is always in movement. We feel like we're part of the action.

A film to open the eyes.

7 out of 10.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Iran | Italy | Switzerland

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

9 September 2000 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

El círculo See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$484,472

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$799,953
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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