Women Without Men
aka Zanan-e bedun-e mardan
First screened in May 2010
Director: Shirin Neshat. Cast: Shabnam Toloui, Pegah Ferydoni, Arita Shahrzad, Orsolya Tóth, Essa Zahir, Navíd Akhavan, Bijan Daneshmand, Tahmoures Tehrani, Shahrnoush Parsipour. Screenplay: Shoja Azari and Shirin Neshat (based on the novel by Shahrnoush Parsipour).

Twitter Capsule: Mounting problems of structure and technique, but daring and ambitious, with several strong scenes

VOR:   Ideally, I'd be an even bigger fan of unnerving gallery-quality study of gender and power directed by expat Iranian woman. My cuppa, for sure. Worth confronting, even if rewards are uneven.

Photo © 2009 Coop99 Filmproduktion/Essential Filmproduktion/
Parisienne de Production, © 2010 IndiePix Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C+

Venice Film Festival (2009): Best Director; UNICEF Award

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