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Yek shab (2005)

On her way home one night, a young working girl who lives alone with her mother is asked to go sleep at her friend's house. She wanders all night in Teheran and meets three men who have different stories.


Niki Karimi


Mahmoud Aiden (idea), Niki Karimi | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Hanie Tavassoli ... Negar
Saeed Ebrahimifar Saeed Ebrahimifar
Nader Torkaman Nader Torkaman
Abdolreza Fakhar Abdolreza Fakhar


When Negar arrives home after a long day at work, she discovers that her mother is expecting a visitor that evening. She is forced to spend the night away from home and begins to wander the city. Three men with three different stories teach Negar new lessons about family, relationships, people and life. Niki Karimi's film will take you on a journey into the dark nights of Tehran through the eyes of a young girl. Written by IMVBox.com

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Release Date:

4 January 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Jedne noći See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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1.85 : 1
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Niki Karimi's directorial film debut. See more »

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Minimal at it's best !
24 November 2005 | by William_HuntSee all my reviews

I saw this movie at the international film-festival in Gent (October '05) and to be honest: these are the kinds of movies that make you visit a festival.

Filmed without permission from the government according to Dogme principles (no artificial light, no sets, only sound when it plays at location) in the tradition of neorealism (important Italian cinema-wave of the '40s-'50s).

One night is urban road movie about One Night in Teheran. It tells the story of Negar, a young woman who works as a clerk office. One night, when she returns from work, her mother asks her to go sleep at a friends place because she expects a guest. This is where the movie starts. Negar, unable to locate her boyfriend, she decides to walk through the streets of Teheran and accepts three rides doing so. During each ride the (male) driver tells about their life, they confess things to her. The third confession turns out to be rather chocking...

Each confession (focussed on relationships and the position of women in Iran) gives a good insight in the way of living (and thinking) in Teheran. The movie moves at a rather slow pace and is very minimal (especially in the end). The three cars in the movies and the streets of Teheran are the main locations in this movie that is very dark since it is shot at night.

Personally I absolutely adored this movie, I thought it was one of the better ones of the 18 movies I saw at the Gent filmfestival in '05 and even one of the best of 2005.

Iran is consistently producing superb movies. 'Yek Shab' ('One Night') seems highly influenced by Abbas Kariostami, especially his acclaimed movie 'Ten'.

If you like minimal or would like to know more about the society in Iran then don't miss this when U have the chance to see this fascinating movie. Niki Karimi, a female director (which is not easy in the Middle-East) is undoubtedly highly talented. Shooting this movie was all but trouble free without a permit. 10/10

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