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Ten [DVD] [2002]

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  • Actors: Mania Akbari, Amin Maher, Kamran Adl, Roya Akbari, Roya Arabshahi
  • Directors: Abbas Kiarostami
  • Writers: Abbas Kiarostami
  • Producers: Abbas Kiarostami, Caley Thomas, Marin Karmitz, Nathalie Kreuther
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: 12
  • Studio: Optimum Home Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 28 July 2003
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000096KKJ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,377 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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This film is an emotive and intelligent analysis of comtemporary Iranian life that follows a female driver as she meets ten different passengers in one day. The relationships which develop between the driver and her passengers are explored in such a way as to expose the humanity of these very disparate people.

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A perceptive and revealing portrait of contemporary Iran set in Tehran, Ten begins with a beautiful and articulate female driver (the beguiling Mania Akbari) picking up her young son from school. After boldly revealing in a less than harmonious exchange that the woman has divorced her husband, the film goes on to meditatively explore the relationships that develop between the driver and her disparate passengers over the course of ten brief but intricately mapped-out journeys.

Voted the most important director of the 1990s in an extensive poll of US critics, Ten more than confirms Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s cinematic standing. The creator of such meticulous works as Through the Olive Trees, The Taste of Cherry and The Wind Will Carry Us, Ten offers a continuation and development of his perennial themes and distinctive visual aesthetic whilst also succeeding as a satisfying and hugely compelling human drama. Set entirely within the single location of the car’s interior and shot with just a handful of actors on digital video, Kiarostami delivers a humane, emotive and intelligent analysis of contemporary life and a radical yet intimate exploration of the wondrous possibilities of the cinematic medium.

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The action occurs entirely in the front seat of a car driving around Teheran, with just two cameras, one for each character. Due to the exceptional quality of the acting and screen play this minimalist approach is perfect.
The main relationship is between the female driver (Mania Akbari) usually quoted as a driver but in one of the conversation with her son Amin it is clear she is a photographer.
Amin (Amin Maher) the pre teenage son is wonderfully acted, especially as the dialogue is very adult for most of the time but allows for outbursts appropriate to his age. I am not clear if the dialogue is intended to be normal for a child of his age, and if so Iranian children are incredibly intelligent. Amin appears in four scenes, first strongly rebelling against his mother for divorcing his father, then by the end of the film is more conciliatory but even so in the last scene where his mother picks him up for a visit her tells her to take him to grandma.
The other six scenes, two with her sister, and four with women she gives lifts to, a prostitute, an old woman and a fellow visitor to a mausoleum where they pray. These scenes explore the role of women in Iranian society, and the dominate position of men.
The writer/director Abbas Kiarostami seems to specialise in these examinations of various human conditions and I will be renting more.
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Kiarostami proves that you don't need a big budget to shoot a great film. This film is assembled entirely from the footage from two fixed cameras in the protaganist's car, one pointing at the driver's seat, and the other in the passenger seat. Ten times she picks up a passenger (sometimes a person we have already met) and drives them through the streets of Tehran. Through their conversations, a deeply human picture emerges of the complexity of her life and that of her passengers.
Contrary to the description given, I'd like to say that the woman is attractive but not beautiful. This accolade goes to her final passenger. The final scene, in which almost nothing happens, will rip your heart out.
If you are a human being this film is one that will touch your heart with a deeper appreciation of what it means to be human. As such, it leaves you better than when you found it. Watch it with a good friend.
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By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 July 2016
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The sadly recently deceased Abbas Kiarostami’s 2002 film Ten is a most remarkable achievement. Shot in minimalist, observational style from two fixed car dashboard cameras with untrained actors and an improvisational, documentary-like look and feel, Ten is just about as far as you can get from today’s standard multiplex Hollywood (seemingly endless) sequel fare. That Kiarostami can elicit (in this viewer, at least) a genuinely emotive reaction to the plight(s) of his characters, given the ordinarily limiting nature of his concept, is testament to his filmic touch and to his stature as one of the most perceptive and subtly insightful of world film-makers. The other thing that particularly struck me about Ten is that, although the film’s central premise is based around the social, sexual and political standing of women in modern-day Iran, almost without exception, the issues explored by Ten around parenting, marriage, relationships, childhood, fidelity, generational difference, independence, religion, etc., can, with some variations, be similarly felt in any ‘modern Western’ society.

Kiarostami counts us down from 10 to 1 (via intertitle screens) to frame his ten ‘episodes’ and narrative around driver, mother and real-life Iranian film-maker, Mania Akbari, her precocious (real-life) son, Amin, and Mania’s real-life sister, Roya. The conviction and naturalism of the acting on show is remarkable as Mania’s parenting skills and motives around her recent divorce are questioned both by the feisty Amin and her sister.
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Despite its critical acclaim, I was uncertain approaching Abbas Kiarostami's 'Ten'. Though filming entirely on intimate close-up in the front of a single taxicab seemed a striking and innovative approach to a film, I did feel it might end up being a limitation for the film, and that 90 minutes of front seat conversations might begin to grate a little. I needn't have worried. The film's stories are fully gripping - from that of Mania Akbari's unnamed taxi driver (and single mother) struggling to justify her divorce and remarriage to her son, to that of a cynical prostitute, and the relationship issues of Akbari's frustrated sister, to mention a few. The acting is superbly naturalistic, and nowhere do the conversations feel at all forced or overstated. Major issues in Iranian society are covered in the dialogue - from Islamic dress codes, to religious faith, the plight of modern Iranian women, and more; though they are woven wonderfully into the dialogue, so that they seem, as they rightly are in Iranian society, the concerns of the people (primarily the women) of Tehran.

It's very rare that a film appears without fault, but the 90 minutes of 'Ten' are almost flawless. Even the scene between Akbari's driver, and a religion-focused elderly lady, which initially seems a little cliched, soon transforms into something more subtle and complex. For those seeking an honest, realist portrayal of Iranian society that will provoke thought and entertain, or just looking for an innovative and absorbing cinema, I can't recommend 'Ten' highly enough.
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