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Secret Ballot(رأی مخفی)

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Iran, Italy, Canada · 2001
Rated G · 2h 3m
Director Babak Payami
Starring Nassim Abdi, Cyrus Abidi, Youssef Habashi, Farrokh Shoja
Genre Comedy

Coming from different political views, a female election agent and a gun-toting soldier try to collect votes among local islanders for the national election. With different outlooks and facing minimal success, can the two manage to work together and find common ground?

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Christian Science Monitor by David Sterritt

Payami's gentle comedy captures a subtle range of human feelings through a quietly inventive visual style that embodies the best life-affirming tendencies of modern Iranian film.


New York Post by Jonathan Foreman

With its endless takes of characters silently waiting, say, or getting out of bed, this is the kind of film that can be seen only after a full night's sleep. But it is also clever, funny and sometimes moving.


Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum

Charms with its amalgam of absurdity, optimism, humor, and avuncular regard for the million small daily chores, rituals, suspicions, and courtesies of dwellers on even the sparsest spots on earth.

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