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The Circle [DVD]
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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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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.
Jafar Panahi created a masterpiece, which won the Golden Lion in Venice 2000.
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.Read more ›
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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Is there any intelligent, reasonably conscious person left in America or Britain that isn't at least vaguely aware that women in fundamentalist Islamic societies are treated,... Read morePublished on 14 Mar. 2006 by Mr. Joe