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Iran · 2006
Rated PG · 1h 33m
Director Jafar Panahi
Starring Sima Mobarak-Shahi, Shayesteh Irani, Ayda Sadeqi, Golnaz Farmani
Genre Comedy, Drama

Since women are banned from attending men's sporting events in Iran, a group of female soccer fans disguise themselves as men so they can watch a match at Tehran's stadium. When several of them are caught and arrested, the women must figure out other ways to watch the sport they love.

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The New York Times by A.O. Scott

While the gist of Offside is the same (as "The Circle"), its tone is more insouciant, as it celebrates the guile and toughness of its heroines while casting a sympathetic glance at the ethical quandaries facing their jailers.


Salon by Andrew O'Hehir

There's a commitment to half-improvised, ground-level realism that lends the picture news value and an obvious urgency.


Variety by Deborah Young

In his most accessible and spontaneous picture, ranking Iranian helmer Jafar Panahi reveals unsuspected comic gifts barely visible in his dramatic festival winners "The White Balloon," "The Circle" and "Crimson Gold."


Premiere by Glenn Kenny

The masterly Panahi concocts a spellbinding, often corrosively and/or warmly funny story in which love of both country and sport tries to, but doesn't quite, transcend dogmatic and ingrained difference.


Village Voice by J. Hoberman

Offside is blatantly metaphoric and powerfully concrete, deceptively simple and highly sophisticated in its formal intelligence.


Wall Street Journal by Joe Morgenstern

The delicately subversive Mr. Panahi makes his subjects perfectly clear -- the stupidity of authority, and the hypocrisy of discrimination. Offside is surprisingly entertaining, and edifying to boot.


Christian Science Monitor by Peter Rainer

The interaction between soldiers and captives becomes a microcosm for an entire culture. It's a wisp of a movie but it has stayed with me longer than much supposedly weightier fare.

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