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Dayereh-e zangi (2008)

Mohammad is sent to an apartment situated in uptown Tehran to install their satellite dishes, while having satellite TV is illegal in Iran. He arrives there with a girl named Shirin who ... See full summary »


Parisa Bakhtavar


Asghar Farhadi


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Credited cast:
Baran Kosari ... Shirin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Saber Abar ... Mohammad (as Saber Abbar)
Hamed Behdad
Afarin Chitsaz Afarin Chitsaz
Sarina Farhadi Sarina Farhadi ... Mr. Razzaaghi's Duaghter
Negar Foroozandeh Negar Foroozandeh
Kianoosh Gerami Kianoosh Gerami
Soroosh Goodarzi Soroosh Goodarzi
Amin Hayayee ... Mr. Ja'fari
Gohar Kheirandish Gohar Kheirandish
Niloofar Khosh-kholgh Niloofar Khosh-kholgh
Mehran Modiri ... Mr. Razzaaghi
Akram Mohammadi Akram Mohammadi
Mohsen Ghazi Moradi Mohsen Ghazi Moradi
Amir Nuri Amir Nuri ... Feizullah


Mohammad is sent to an apartment situated in uptown Tehran to install their satellite dishes, while having satellite TV is illegal in Iran. He arrives there with a girl named Shirin who seems to be his girlfriend and is in need of some money to repair her father's car with which she has had an accident the day before. Each of the house's residents have their own fish to fry and they also want their satellites installed as soon as possible. Written by Hossein sr

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Release Date:

19 March 2008 (Iran) See more »

Also Known As:

Tambourine See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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Production Co:

Boshra Film See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Short Cuts, Iranian Style
24 January 2009 | by corrosion-2See all my reviews

Dayereh-e Zangi (tambourine) became the all time box office champ in Iran when it was released in 2008. It is basically a social comedy but packed with popular stars of cinema & TV. It could be described as an Altmanesque film with many characters and a series of diverging story lines. There's even a hint of this in the movie when one of the characters, who is a young amateur film maker, asks a pirate DVD seller if he can get him a copy of Altman's Short Cuts. Most of the film takes place in a residential tower where installation of satellite dishes (which are officially banned in Iran) on the rooftop becomes a point of conflict, as well as the cause for a few hilarious situations. Dayereh means circle in Farsi and the script, written by Asghar Farhadi the acclaimed director of Chaharshanbe-soori (and directed by his wife Parisa Bakhtavar), has a symmetrical shape to it as it starts with one of the protagonists having his necktie stolen by a passing motorist who is seen again at the end of the movie giving a ride to another of the main characters. Dayereh-Zangi is quite entertaining & funny at times. It does poke some mild fun at a number of targets including LA based TV channels, local government and even Kiarostami! (an amateur version of Ten being made by a young spiring film maker). Altogether good harmless fun if your expectations are not too high.

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