Closed Curtain
Closed Curtain (2014)

CLOSED CURTAIN, Jafar Panahi's most recent non-film, made in secret, combines documentary and fictitious elements. A screenwriter goes into hiding with his dog after the regime declares dogs "impure" and bans them from walking… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 9, 2014
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Ambitious and exquisitely crafted, Jafar Panahi's semi-nonfiction tale is a powerful, imaginative portrait of an artist's despair.

Peter Keough
Boston Globe

The Kafkaesque story itself proves more engaging while the narrative illusion is sustained than it does when Panahi's imposed, solipsistic self-regard shatters it.

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Jay Weissberg

Less satisfying than his previous pic, yet still a bold, melancholy statement.

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Simon Miraudo

We accuse directors who indulge in metatextual moviemaking of disappearing up their own rear ends. In the case of Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, it's a choice between there and prison.

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

It doesn't carry the impact of some of Panahi's more conventional films. It's not his best movie, but the fact that he's making a movie at all is remarkable.

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Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter

A complex film-within-a-film structure uses the favorite techniques of reflexive Iranian cinema to assert the need to recount reality.

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Jonathan Romney
Film Comment Magazine

The value of Closed Curtain is the very ineloquence of its cri de coeur. Where its predecessor defiantly showed that Panahi could take it, here the stresses show: they're tearing him apart, and it shouldn't happen to any artist.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Unfortunately, Closed Curtain also indicates there's only so much an artist can say about his own oppression before he winds up in a creative cul-de-sac.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

This is one of those layered, fairly plotless and enigmatic films that comes into sharper focus as it goes along.

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Gerald Peary
Arts Fuse

Under house arrest,Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi bravely concedes that, at times during his incarceration, he's worn down, tempted to end it all.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
'Closed Curtain'. A screenplay so darn good I'm still smiling ear to ear. Personal, existential genius by Panahi!
Walter M.
"Closed Curtain" starts with a writer(Kambozia Partovi) arriving at a beach house. Hidden in his luggage is a dog which the regime in Iran is taking… More
John Ballantine
Panahi's follow up to This is Not a Film is more artistic and frankly more rewarding. The turmoil between his head of following his art or following… More