Under the City's Skin Image
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77

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7.4

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. This splendid film is no mere polemic, for Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, often called the first lady of Iranian cinema, is above all an accomplished storyteller and dramatist who understands the evocative power of sound and image.
  2. 88
    More a bleak docu-melodrama than an esoteric morality play.
  3. 83
    With understated skill and absolute authenticity, the film builds with enough layers that by its powerful ending, you'll feel as if you have been kicked in the stomach.
  4. The real protagonist is the family itself -- a fragile, complex organism undermined by internal conflict and menaced by the cruelty and indifference of the society around them.
  5. This gritty drama doesn't rank with the greatest Iranian films, but its urban characters offer an interesting change from the nation's best-known productions, which generally center on rural subjects.
  6. Watching Tuba's proud girls disappear into anonymous clouds of chadors says more than any political diatribe could, and Bani-Etemad is wise enough to know it.
  7. 60
    Fast-paced, at times even a bit frantic, Under the Skin of the City is above all a mother-and-son story.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Sep 9, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers. so cute , Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Iran's best female director Ù Collapse

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