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  • Summary: A group of male teachers crosses the mountainous paths of the remote Iranian Kurdistan region. Carrying large blackboards on their backs,
    they wander from village to village in search of students. (Kimstim Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Makhmalbaf continues her rise as Iran's most promising young female filmmaker, and Iranian cinema extends its reign as one of the world's most exciting cultural phenomena.
  2. The stripped-down dramatic constructs, austere imagery and abstract characters are equal parts poetry and politics, obvious at times but evocative and heartfelt.
  3. 88
    Makhmalbaf finds room for moments of humor and humanity.
  4. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    75
    Slyly powerful.
  5. Director Samira Makhmalbaf made this raw and effective parable with the recognizable help of her father, legendary director Mohsen Makhmalbaf.
  6. Like many other Iranian films, Blackboards counters the generally broadcast ideas about this part of the world. It is a testament of quiet endurance, of common concern, of reconciled survival.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    10
    About as much fun as a grouchy ayatollah in a cold mosque.

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