- 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 Kiarostamis 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 cars 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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great movie that gives lots of insights into everyday life in Iran, a country about which we know very little so it's quite an eye opener to see people exploring their... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mr Geoffrey Carroll Chase Consulting
Awful film, probably the worst I have ever seen. It's one of those artsy type films and it really wasn't for me. I was bored from start to finish. Read morePublished on 11 Jan. 2015 by Juddz444
This was certainly worth watching, but not as good as I'd expected having read the reviews here. I found the main actor, the woman driver, a bit irritating to be honest. Read morePublished on 30 Mar. 2012 by Almond
The film is excellent, but the DVD is not at all. It was the second time that I ordered this. Unfortunately you can watch the film only by using a computer not DVD player. Read morePublished on 27 April 2011 by fariborz
What I liked about this film was, not so much the conversations, which were interesting in their own way. Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2009 by Kindle Customer
Film making at its most minimal but with a narrative structure and convincing performances (the child actor is amazing) that belies the simplicity of two camera angles, no lighting... Read morePublished on 23 May 2008 by Room for a View