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At Five in the Afternoon (2003)

Panj é asr (original title)
In a post-Taliban Afghanistan a young woman (Agheleh Rezaie) attends school against her conservative father's will, hoping to learn more about democracy to fulfill her dream of being the country's next president.

Director:

Samira Makhmalbaf

Writers:

Mohsen Makhmalbaf (novel), Samira Makhmalbaf (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Agheleh Rezaie Agheleh Rezaie ... Nogreh
Abdolgani Yousefrazi Abdolgani Yousefrazi ... Father
Razi Mohebi Razi Mohebi ... Poet
Marzieh Amiri Marzieh Amiri ... Leylomah
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Nogreh is a young Afghani woman living with her father and her sister-in-law, Leylomah, whose husband, Akhtar, is missing. Beyond the issue of Akhtar, Leylomah is most concerned with how to feed her baby. She cannot provide milk for her baby as her own hunger is preventing her from lactating. Nogreh, however, aspires toward a life in a western styled democracy. Although the Taliban are no longer in power in Afghanistan, traditional forces are still active in the country. Nogreh often displays signs of rebellion, such as wearing a pair of white pumps instead of the traditional slipper beneath her burqa. But mostly, Nogreh wants to be educated. Without her father's knowledge, Nogreh is attending a secular girls school. Ultimately, she wants to become President of Afghanistan. With the help of a Pakistani refugee who likes her as a woman, Nogreh tries to understand exactly what forces led to current world leaders being elected, those forces which she wants to emulate. Written by Huggo

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Drama

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Samira Makhmalbaf had difficulty casting the lead role of Nogreh because many women refused to appear on camera without their burqa. Agheleh Rezaie was her second choice after the initial woman she cast dropped out after Makhmalbaf said she would have to show her face to the camera. See more »

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Featured in Joy of Madness (2003) See more »

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worth seeing but not great
27 October 2003 | by simonrosenbaumSee all my reviews

Having loved 'The Apple' I was very much looking forward to seeing this, and though it has some very sad and beautiful moments as a whole I thought it lacked a sense of purpose. Having just seen the marvellous 'Osama', although perhaps a little unfair to compare it, that was more straight forward and had a far more emotional pull. The director does get amazing performances from the non-acting cast but occasionally the lack of experience does tell and you sense their just repeating what they've been told to say without really knowing why. It also felt a bit too long and would have been better without some scenes which were too similar to others. Not as good a film as 'The Apple' but worth seeing as there are some nice moments and it still manages to have a sense of humour despite the obvious terrible hardship these people have endured. (6/10)


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Country:

Iran | France

Language:

Dari

Release Date:

20 August 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A las cinco de la tarde See more »

Filming Locations:

Afghanistan

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$515,144
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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