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  • Summary: Set on election day in a remote area of Iran, this is the story of a conservative soldier (Abidi) and the liberal female pollster (Abdi) he is assigned to work with as they seek out voters.
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
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  1. Secret Ballot is an education hiding in a comedy, a parablelike portrait of the irresistible forces of modernization and democracy meeting the immovable inertia of tradition, culture and power relations written in the blood of the past.
  2. 90
    As much as any earnest historical drama, Secret Ballot serves as an eloquent argument for civic life, showing its human elements to be no less flawed for being so necessary.
  3. A real winner -- smart, funny, subtle, and resonant -- and there's not a hanging chad in sight.
  4. Reviewed by: Patrick Z. McGavin
    75
    Reserves its sharpest jabs at the harshly circumscribed lives of women in Iran.
  5. A beguiling, slow-moving parable.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    The drawn-out effect is deliberate -- director Babak Payami wants his audience to concentrate on the characters' inner development and their isolation -- but his strategy slows the film down to a crawl.
  7. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    50
    Too contemplative to be really funny.

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