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Panj asr (At Five in the Afternoon)
Iranian writer/director Samira Makhmalbaf directs At Five in the Afternoon, co-scripted by her father, Mohsen Makhmalbaf (director of Kandahar). In the bombed-out ruins of post-Taliban Kabul, Noqreh (Agheleh Rezaie) lives with her conservative father (Abdolgani Yousefrazi) and her sister-in-law, Leylomah (Marzieh Amiri), in temporary refuge buildings. Although her father insists that she go to the religious school, Noqreh sneaks into a secular school for girls. Her teacher encourages her to run for class president, and she finds support from a refugee poet (Razi Mahebi), who introduces her to… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This lushly photographed movie stands as a testament to dreams and determination on both sides of the camera and everywhere in the world."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Didn't enlighten me too much about contemporary Afghanistan."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Despite the deprivations suffered by its subjects, At Five in the Afternoon is distinguished by the elegance and eloquence of its images."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
"Makhmalbaf wants to reflect what's happening in Afghanistan today. To that end this is a timely piece. Whether or not it remains as such as the years go by will only be known as history rolls itself out."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"A feature that sifts through the rubble of global politics and finds this: a teaspoon of hope mixed with buckets of despair."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"An already powerful story could've had more impact had the characters been developed further."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"It's a winning glimpse at a country that occupies our consciousness but until now has remained unseen."
‑ Katrina Onstad, National Post
"24 year old Samira Makhmalbaf is changing the way we see the Middle East."
‑ Moira Sullivan, Movie Magazine International
"An unsettling and uneven work in which we must make do with a few sequences that hit the bull's-eye and many more that can't even locate a target."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"Visual poetry."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"The film operates in the realm of the human condition."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
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