No One Knows About Persian Cats (Les Chats Persans)
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No One Knows About Persian Cats (Les Chats Persans)
Recently released from prison, two young musicians decide to form a band. Together they search the underworld of contemporary Tehran for other players. Forbidden by the authorities to play in Iran, they plan to escape from their clandestine existence, and dream of performing in Europe. But with no money and no passports, it won't be easy... -- (C) IFC
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An appealing cast of aspiring young musicians ostensibly play themselves in this naive, shapeless, but often fascinating 2009 drama."
‑ Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader
"Ghobadi has emerged as a filmmaker whose gift for poetic realism was only equaled by an unerring sense of precisely when and how to break the viewer's heart."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"What really distinguishes the film-banned in Iran, it goes without saying-is the enormous risks these musicians take, which Ghobadi ultimately drives home with legitimate dramatic license."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment Magazine
"full review at Movies for the Masses"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"If the movie contained nothing but musical performances, it would be worth the price of admission. Beyond that, it is about as good an explanation of why Iranian youth revolved as you like to find."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"A vibrant, engaging portrait of a generation bursting with repressed creativity."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Over and over, the movie stops in its tracks to listen to musicians play, offering witness to their travails and ingenuity."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Semi-improvised and shot on the run, No One Knows About Persian Cats is undeniably rough around the edges, but its raw immediacy is exhilarating."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"There's a real life-threatening risk being in this pic."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It might have been a better idea for the makers of No One Knows About Persian Cats to make a straightforward documentary."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"No One Knows About Persian Cats ends on a sudden note of tragedy that almost ruins the exuberant spirit of everything that has preceded it."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"The underground music scene in Tehran comes to life in all these different sort of clandestine studio scenes."
‑ Michael Phillips, At the Movies
"Moves forward with a carefree appreciation for music and the people who make it, and all the while, bitter reality is waiting in the background, waiting to take over."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
"If the whole enterprise seems underdeveloped, that's obviously in part a symptom of the system it gently but resoundingly critiques."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & Review
"I am loving No One Knows About Persian Cats, its moving story about real people who just want to play music, first rate production %u2013 it is hard to believe that this was all shot guerrilla style in the heart of Muslim Tehran %u2013 and terrific"
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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