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Women Without Men (2009)

Zanan-e bedun-e mardan (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 12 March 2010 (Italy)
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Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran's 1953 CIA-backed coup d'état, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard garden, where they find independence, solace and companionship.

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Shoja Azari, Shirin Neshat (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shabnam Toloui Shabnam Toloui ... Munis
Pegah Ferydoni ... Faezeh
Arita Shahrzad Arita Shahrzad ... Farrokhlagha
Orsolya Tóth ... Zarin (as Orsi Toth)
Ahmad Hamed Ahmad Hamed ... Gardener
Navid Navid ... Ali (as Navíd Akhavan)
Bijan Daneshmand ... Abbas
Essa Zahir Essa Zahir ... Amir Khan
Tahmoures Tehrani Tahmoures Tehrani ... General Sadri
Abbas Bakhtiari Abbas Bakhtiari ... Singer
Mehdi Moinzadeh Mehdi Moinzadeh ... Communist Leader
Farhad Payar ... Leading Officer
Shahrnoush Parsipour Shahrnoush Parsipour ... Madame Pari
Said Oveissi Said Oveissi ... Hassan
Mithra Zahedi ... Nahid
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Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran's 1953 CIA-backed coup d'état, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard garden, where they find independence, solace and companionship.

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site [Hungary]

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Germany | Austria | France | Italy | Ukraine | Morocco | Iran

Language:

Persian | English

Release Date:

12 March 2010 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Women Without Men See more »

Filming Locations:

Casablanca, Morocco

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$975,610
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shirin Neshat's directorial film debut. See more »

Goofs

The Azan that we hear through the film is Moazzenzade Ardabili's version which was recorded in 1955 while this movie takes place in 1953. See more »

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Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2009 (2009) See more »

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Chachme Nast
Written and performed by Molook Zarrabi
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tasteful, beautifully shot, well-meaning drama
31 August 2010 | by thisissubtitledmoviesSee all my reviews

Women Without Men is the debut feature from 'visual artist'-turned- director Shirin Neshat, well known for her artistic works exploring gender relations. It is the adaptation of the 1989 novel of the same name by Shahrnush Parsipur, which was banned by the Iranian government in the 1990s for its outspoken depiction of female oppression.

Women Without Men is a tasteful, beautifully shot, well-meaning drama with some excellent performances and strong story set in a fascinating period in Iranian history. It's let down a little by its tendency to rely on clichés and convenience when it comes to character, but still an extremely enjoyable take on female independence and the intertwining lives of these four women. LB


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