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  • Summary: Women Without Men, an adaptation of Shahrnush Parsipur's magic realist novel, is Iranian artist Shirin Neshat's first feature length film. The story chronicles the intertwining lives of four Iranian women during the summer of 1953; a cataclysmic moment in Iranian history when an AmericanWomen Without Men, an adaptation of Shahrnush Parsipur's magic realist novel, is Iranian artist Shirin Neshat's first feature length film. The story chronicles the intertwining lives of four Iranian women during the summer of 1953; a cataclysmic moment in Iranian history when an American led, British backed coup d'├ętat brought down the democratically elected Prime Minister, Mohammad Mossadegh, and reinstalled the Shah to power. (IndiePix Films) Expand
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  1. Stronger on beautiful imagery than on narrative flow.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Nilsen
    80
    It seduces us with imagery and metaphor.
  3. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    80
    Though the narrative could use more depth and detail, the film generally absorbs with its strong performances, stirring emotions and vivid imagery.
  4. 70
    Shirin Neshat, best known for her video installations, makes her feature directing debut with this elegant, often moving story of four Iranian women trapped by their circumstances in the turmoil preceding the 1953 coup.
  5. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    70
    Has striking moments comparable to the best of Neshat's potent imagery. But the script jettisons most of the book's more powerful sections.
  6. Although the entire film is beautifully framed and shot, especially the surreal sequences, precious little coheres into anything resembling a compelling narrative.
  7. An eerie resurrection regains some good will, but we'll have to wait for Neshat to catch up with the art of storytelling.

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