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Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 28 Critics

User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

Summary: In a hospital waiting room a woman learns her daughter, Solmaz Gholami, has just given birth. The ultrasound test had prepared the family for a boy. The baby, it turns out, is a girl. The joy the mother anticipated turns to terror for she knows her son-in-law's family will abandon her daughter. The old woman flees as the in-laws arrive. On the crowded streets of Tehran - a place where women are not permitted to stay out on their own or smoke in public - two women are also on the run. Arezou and Nargess have just been granted temporary leave from prison but they have no plans to return. They manage to scrounge together enough money for the bus trip to Nargess' hometown, but she lacks proper identification, and the police are searching everyone at the station. Meanwhile, their friend Pari has just escaped from prison in order to have an abortion. Threatened with death by her brothers, she flees from her father's house and meets with a former inmate, Elham, who is now married to a doctor and works in a hospital. Despite her connections, Elham is unable to help Pari in her hour of need. Despondent, Pari wanders the streets and chances upon Nayereh, a woman about to abandon her young daughter. Pari tries to stop her, but it is too late. Soon after, Nayareh, falsely accused of prostitution, is taken into custody by the police. As Panahi's narrative shifts dynamically from woman to woman, their stories culminate with tremendous potency, transforming a shared sense of despair and injustice into one kinship, and even hope.
Runtime: 90 min
Production: Mikado Film
Genre: Drama
Countries: Italy, Switzerland, Iran
Language: Persian
Home Release Date: Dec 18, 2001
Director Credit
Jafar Panahi Director
Writer Credit
Kambuzia Partovi Writer
Principal Cast Credit
Maryiam Palvin Almani Arezou
Nargess Mamizadeh Nargess
Cast Credit
Abbas Alizadeh Father Of Pari
Ataollah Moghadas Haji
Elham Saboktakin Nurse
Fatemeh Naghavi Mother
Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy Pari
Khadijeh Moradi Cast
Maedeh Tahmasebi Maedeh
Maryam Shayegan Parveneh
Mojgan Faramarzi Prostitute
Monir Arab Ticket Seller
Negar Ghadyani Cast
Solmaz Panahi Solmaz
Producer Credit
Jafar Panahi Producer
Mohammad Atebbai Associate Producer
Morteza Motavali Line Producer
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