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The Circle(دایره)

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Iran, Italy, Switzerland · 2000
1h 30m
Director Jafar Panahi
Starring Nargess Mamizadeh, Maryiam Palvin Almani, Mojgan Faramarzi, Elham Saboktakin
Genre Drama

Various women, whose lives intertwine, struggle to function in the oppressively sexist society of contemporary Iran. Their crimes are vague, their guilt or innocence unimportant. Their world is one of constant surveillance and inequalities, but it cannot extinguish the spirit, strength, and courage of the circle of women.

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L.A. Weekly by

A triumph of invisible craftsmanship that embraces so much specific detail that none of the women ever comes across as an emblem or an abstraction.


New York Daily News by Jami Bernard

How dangerous it is to be a woman in Iran, especially one going against the wishes of her menfolk, is brought home time after time in these related vignettes.

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