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The Circle [DVD]

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  • Actors: Nargess Mamizadeh, Maryiam Parvin Almani, Mojgane Faramarzi, Elham Saboktakin, Monire Arab
  • Directors: Jafar Panahi
  • Producers: Jafar Panahi
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Farsi
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Mar. 2002
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005V4UK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,657 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A fictional portrait of women's lives in the male-dominated society of modern day Iran. The film begins with the birth of a child and the disappointment that the newborn is not a boy. It then continues through a single day, following a group of women who have broken some of the strict laws applied to them, and paying tribute to the strength and courage with which they endure the inequalities of their society.

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The Circle is an interesting and extremely elusive film. It follows a number of different women who have been punished by the state for crimes of immorality. Intitially the personal stories of these women appear to be unrelated but as the film unfolds we see how they are all entagled in a very large web. Although the film is dealing with the issue of sexual inequality in a particular society and the price they pay for any form of deviance it is also concerned with individual courage and the resistance against conformity. The women are portrayed through strong characters, making immense sacrifices when necessary, such as abandoning a child to give her a better life.
It is unclear in the film what the 'crimes' of some of the characters are, there is a suggestion of prostitution in some of the cases.
What is fascinating is the external uniformity, all the women cover themselves with black shawls and lose themselves in a mass of black anonimity, these same women crouch behind cars to have a quick cigarette. It leaves you wondering how easy it can be to fall into a state correctional facility and what lies underneath the Black cover.
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"Dayereh" - the original title - is an iranian film, which doesn't need trivial propaganda like "Not Without My Daughter" for explaining of the real situation of women in Iran. Panahi tells 5 stories about women, whose lives run in different directions, but which however are somehow connected with each other. These are women in a world without rights and there is no way for self-determination.
Jafar Panahi created a masterpiece, which won the Golden Lion in Venice 2000.
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What a brilliant film! It really brings the characters to life! One of those that has you thinking about what becomes of the lives of the people in the movie! Having recently become entranced with all things Arabian I thought I would give this film a try as it had good reviews. I am so glad I did because it is a brilliant piece of cinema! It shows the harsh realities that Iranian women face on a daily basis! It did leave me wondering what happened to each girl but knowing what I know about women's rights in Iran I assume few of them had a good outcome! Who needs Hollywood when Iran is producing movies like this?!
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We have a circle of connected women's stories about life in modern Iran,filmed with great audacity and confidence. Iran is a city of intimidating bustle and restless energy,a city of men trading,hawking,playing music,riding motorbikes,swooping in police vans to arrest people.This circle of women struggle against restrictive male power structures that makes their lives a prison,a patriarchal theocracy,designed to marginalize and crush them.Bullied, intimidated,excluded by male chauvinism and at the mercy of arbitrary rules and ID checks,petrified by rigid dress codes,they dart and hide from passing police cars and policemen.At the start we hear the birth of a baby girl from a prison hospital,striking doom in the mother,whose in-laws will abandon her.Three other women leaving prison have to fend for themselves,They don dark chadors at moments of danger,fearing rearrest,Arezou and Nargess run away looking like huge crows.We are given no back stories,we are uncertain about their fates and plans,this compounds their mystery.Their untold lives formalised in a series of incomplete narratives.

We often find out their names when they have to identify themselves to male authorities:Nargess to be sold a bus ticket,Nayereh when she faces arrest.They can enlarge the circle of restrictions through female solidarity.One wife finds her husband has remarried and gets on with wife 2 because she has looked after her kids.Another,Pari, whose husband was executed 4 months before finds an old prison friend who has married into respectability and can't help her with her abortion.She can't get abortion without a man's permission.She has been cast out by her father and brothers onto the streets.A mother abandons her daughter on the street,unable to support her.She is picked up like a prostitute.
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Very good movie. Just shows the real face of these women life who live in fear and injustice.
After watching it, you realize and see Western world in another light. And feel only appreciation for the people who fought for our freedom hundred years ago.
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A dramatic and often painful portrayal of the existence of women in modern day Iran. A well crafted film with excellent script and cast. It leaves the viewer with the question, do men really treat women this way? The day will come when men will have to pay for this.
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