Jafar Panahi is banned from making movies by the Iranian government, he poses as a taxi driver and makes a movie about social challenges in Iran.


Jafar Panahi


Jafar Panahi
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Uncredited cast:
Jafar Panahi ... Self (uncredited)
Nasrin Sotoudeh ... Self (uncredited)


When you are a filmmaker and you are not allowed to direct movies any more, you have to retrain. So why not become a taxi driver? Or better, why not pretend you are a taxi driver and make a film despite everything? This is what Jafar Panahi has done. Now he invites you to get into his cab for the price of a cinema ticket, to ride through the streets of Tehran and discover its people in the persons of his various passengers. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy | Drama


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Jafar Panahi's third film after his 20-year ban on filmmaking. See more »


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Whimsical yet Angry
8 November 2015 | by TrevorHickmanSee all my reviews

Panahi was banned from making films for 20 years by the Iranian Government in 2010 but who then responded by making idiosyncratic 'films' with no actors and no end credits and then smuggling them out of the country.

In Tehran Taxi, Panahi masquerades as a taxi driver and picks up a range of curious passengers throughout Tehran; from a couple of old ladies nursing a goldfish in a bowl, a mugger, a flower seller and a traffic accident victim.

It's an unusual style, but one made familiar by dash-cams across the world and both the subject matter and style of interlocking stories reminded me of Jim Jarmush's 1991 film 'Night on Earth'.

Panahi isn't a comedian, but his style is lighthearted. The fact he is a film maker rather than a real taxi driver also means that he doesn't know many directions around the city and he further bemuses passengers when he refuses to take payment at the end of the ride. Equally though film paints an interesting picture of the everyday lives of the passengers and the buzz of the city going on on the streets of Tehran outside of the taxi's window.

Tehran Taxi is an excellent film. Sit back and enjoy the ride!

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Release Date:

15 April 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Jafar Panahi's Taxi See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,531, 4 October 2015

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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