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Ten (2002)

Dah (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 18 September 2002 (France)
A visual social examination in the form of ten conversations between a driving woman and her various pick-ups and hitchhikers.

Director:

Abbas Kiarostami

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Cast

Credited cast:
Mania Akbari ... Driver
Amin Maher ... Amin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kamran Adl Kamran Adl
Roya Akbari Roya Akbari ... Prostitute + Lover (as Roya Arabshahi)
Roya Arabshahi Roya Arabshahi
Amene Moradi Amene Moradi
Mandana Sharbaf Mandana Sharbaf
Katayoun Taleizadeh Katayoun Taleizadeh
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Storyline

Ten, the latest film by Iranian master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, focuses on ten conversations between a female driver in Tehran and the passengers in her car. Her exchanges with her young son, a jilted bride, a prostitute, a women on her way to prayer and others, shed light on the lives and emotions of these women whose voices are seldom heard. Written by Stephen Kirkham

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Iran | France

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

18 September 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

10 See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,559, 9 March 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$105,656, 8 June 2003
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Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Apart from Mania Akbari, actors are non-professional. The young boy is played by her own son and their relationship is partly based on real-life elements. See more »

Goofs

Car windows, both driver's and passenger's, vary between being closed, part-open or open between shots. See more »

Quotes

Prostitute: [to a Married woman] You are wholesailers. We are retailers.
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Connections

Referenced in 10 on Ten (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Walking In The Air
Written and Performed by Howard Blake
© Chester Music Limited represented by Première Music Group
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To Watch Foreign Films is to Understand that We're All Alike...
2 January 2007 | by dcplawSee all my reviews

The premise is very simple. A beautiful Iranian woman, married to her second husband (in a society that makes divorce nearly impossible for women to obtain) drives her car around town. She takes her son to a swim meet, goes shopping with her sister, gives an old woman a lift to Prayer, etc. The title of the film refers to the fact that there are 10 "chapters" to the film, each representing a different conversation she has with her various passengers on different days. By experiencing these exchanges, the viewer can expect a crash course on middle class life in Iran. Like middle class life anywhere, there are the written rules and conventions that one must obey, and then there are the practicalities, and the REalities. There is what is true, and what people tell themselves is true; what they want, and what they tell themselves they want. As in any society on earth, including this highly controlled, religiously based one, there is the hypocrisy. And we can soon see from the conversations our Driver has with her passengers, that there are also the largely unspoken hopes, fears, needs and insecurities of these people, who often appear to be going through the motions of life, rather than truly living it.

The film mostly focuses on how women view this world; but their perspective is primarily organized around and driven by their relationships with men, be they fathers, boyfriends, husbands or sons. The film is difficult to watch at first, because things quickly escalate into discomfort with the driver's very first passenger, but sticking it out is well worth the investment, as the exchanges each build on the ones that came before it, getting progressively deeper and deeper.

The women in this film are covered from head to foot, but still manage to lay themselves completely bare to us. It's a very simple concept, elevated to an amazing accomplishment. You will learn a great deal about life in Iran, people in general, and possibly yourself. I expect to be thinking about this movie for weeks, if not much much longer.


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