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The Day I Became a Woman (2000)

Roozi ke zan shodam (original title)
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 (as Marziyeh Meshkini)

Writers:

Marzieh Makhmalbaf (dialogue) (as Marzieh Meshkini), Mohsen Makhmalbaf
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Cast

Cast overview:
Fatemeh Cherag Akhar Fatemeh Cherag Akhar ... Hava
Hassan Nebhan Hassan Nebhan ... Hassan
Shahr Banou Sisizadeh Shahr Banou Sisizadeh ... Mother
Ameneh Passand Ameneh Passand ... Grandmother
Shabnam Toloui Shabnam Toloui ... Ahoo
Sirous Kahvarinegad Sirous Kahvarinegad ... Husband
Moharram Zaynalzadeh Moharram Zaynalzadeh ... Osmann (as Mahram Zeinal Zadeh)
Norieh Mahigiran Norieh Mahigiran ... Rival Cyclist
Azizeh Sedighi Azizeh Sedighi ... Hoora
Badr Iravani Badr Iravani ... Young Boy
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Storyline

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 no longer play with the boys she had been playing with only the day before because she is now a woman. Told from the perspective of a 9-year-old girl who does not feel like or know what the word "woman" refers to, we see how devastatingly this affects both the girl and the boy with whom she had been friends. The second part is about a young woman who decides to enter a bicycle race against her husband's wishes. As first, the husband and then increasing numbers of men from her village ride beside her on horseback to convince her to return home. The race begins to symbolize a freedom that she desperately wants from the limitations that have been placed on her. Finally, the third part shows us an old woman who has come into some money and is now free to do what she wants. The way she chooses to use this... Written by Jonathan Beebe <jrbeebe@midway.uchicago.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Trivia

Marzieh Makhmalbaf's directorial film debut. See more »

Goofs

In the first sequence, the lollipop that Hava and Hassan pass between them grows and shrinks in size without regard to the passage of time. See more »

Connections

Featured in Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema (2018) See more »

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Great movie
12 May 2001 | by danisa2See all my reviews

On the surface this film tells three simple stories, but its simplicity is deceiving. Each story tells an episode in the life of a woman but as the woman ages the stories become more and more surreal. In so doing Marzieh Meshkini is making a parallel with the life of Iranian women.


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Official Sites:

Official site | sourehcinema

Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

8 March 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Dagen då jag blev en kvinna See more »

Filming Locations:

Kish Island, Iran

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Box Office

Budget:

$180,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,255, 8 April 2001

Gross USA:

$149,971

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$149,971
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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