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Women Without Men [DVD] [2009]


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  • Actors: Tahmoures Tehrani, Shabnam Toloui, Orsolya Toth, Essa Zahir, Navid Akhavan
  • Directors: Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: Persian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Aug 2010
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003MPEFBK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,501 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Acclaimed photographer Shirin Neshat makes her directorial debut with this incisive and sumptuously filmed reflection on the pivotal moment in history that led directly to the Islamic revolution and the Iran we know today. Women Without Men chronicles the intertwining lives of four iranian woman during the summer of 1953; a cataclystic moment in Iranian history when an American led, British backed coup d'etat broght down the democratically elected Prime Minister. Over the course of several days the four women are brought together against the backdrop of political social turmoil.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ben VINE VOICE on 31 Dec 2011
Format: DVD
Shirin Neshat has produced a fascinating and bewitching movie based upon the novel by Sharnush Parsipur.

The movie follows the experiences of 4 very different women in 1950s Iran: Munis (a spinster being forced by her brother to marry against her will); Faezeh (her friend who secretly loves Munis' brother); Fakhri (a wife of a general who is seeking escape); and Zarin (a prostitute). Their personal stories are set against the backdrop of the 1953 coup d'état in which Britain and American forces overthrew the nationalist government and installed the dictatorship of the Shah.

Fact and fantasy combine in intriguing ways. Munis dies but is magically reborn and takes a prominent role in resistance to the coup. Faezeh and Zarin follow different paths to the orchard recently purchased by Fakhri where they are able to find spiritual respite from the outside world until its sanctuary is breached by earthly desires and the armed forces.

Stunningly beautiful cinematography, a haunting soundtrack and some earnest and believable acting performances combine in a movie that will fascinate and beguile you, drawing you into a world that is both fantastic and very real. An unforgettable movie experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Celia b on 24 Sep 2011
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A hauntingly lovely film which evokes the decade and a lost era. I think I missed things the first time of viewing and Gained by watching it again. I think it comes when you least expect it.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By serena on 23 Sep 2010
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An amazing film, excellent cinematography, even if you dont follow the story, watch it for the images, simple yet effective, insightful and focuses on important issues. well worth watching.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By beaded_girl on 15 Oct 2010
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This is one of few films were you read the synopsis but still don't know what to expect.
Throughout the film I found myself questioning what was real and what was imaginary. The effect the women had on their environment and vice versa. The identities of the women - did society shape them, or did they shape their own identity? I'll probably ponder over the ending for a while as to what it really meant.
If you can't get to grips with the symbolism within the film, then I'd say just accept the historical/political aspect of the film - being set in Iran in 1953. The current images of life in Iran, make it hard to think how different life may have been then.
The silence of Zarin - the only character whom does not speak. But she doesn't have to, her facial expressions say it all.
The orchard - is it heaven or hell?
Some women let go, some women won't let go.
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Great film production by a very taleted and artistic Iranian director - in Farsi (Persian) language with English subtitles. - beautiful cinematography.
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This is a deeply disturbing, thoughtful piece that lets no-one off the hook, and unlike Argo, it portrays Iran as it is - complicated.
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