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Women Without Men [DVD] [2010] [Region 1]

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  • Three women come together in a nation on the verge of a revolution in this drama from artist-turned-filmmaker Shirin Neshat. It's 1953, and political discord has gripped Iran as a military coup d'etat threatens to depose Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh. Munis (Shabnam Tolouei) is a thoughtful woman who has been following the news with great interest, though her brother Assad (Bijan Daneshmand) regards her interest in politics as foolish and unbecoming a woman. Munis' friend Faezeh (Pegah Ferydoni) shares some of her views, but is ultimately more interested in trying to impress Assad. Elsewhere in Tehran, Fakhri (Arita Shahrzad) is a woman who is well into middle age and married to a career military official who has lost interest in her both romantically and intellectually. And Zarin (Orsi Tth) is a streetwalker who is looking for a life outside of selling her body to men who don't care about her. Eager to meet like-minded people, Fakhri tries to establish a literary salon for women, and Munis and Zarin join her in trying to find a satisfaction in the written word that has been denied them in life. ZANAN-E BEDUN-E MARDAN (aka WOMEN WITHOUT MEN) was directed by Neshat in collaboration with Shoja Azari; it is the former's first feature film.
  • Credits
    Pegah Ferydoni, Shabnam Tolouei, Orsi Toth, Arita Shahrzad
  • Critic Reviews
    "[A] dreamy first feature....The movie catalogs political change through the personal stories of four women..." -- Grade: B+
    Entertainment Weekly

    "With its intense chiaroscuro and meticulous manipulation of color that ranges from stark black and white to richer, shifting hues in scenes set in a metaphorical orchard, the film surpasses even Michael Haneke's WHITE RIBBON in the fierce beauty and precision of its cinematography..."
    New York Times

    "WOMEN WITHOUT MEN works remarkably well when Neshat pushes the story aside in order to immerse viewers in single, surreal moments. The movie began life a series of museum pieces, and it retains the transportive effect of a well-conceived exhibit."
    A.V. Club

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