Women Without Men (Zanan-e bedun-e mardan)
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Women Without Men (Zanan-e bedun-e mardan)
"Women Without Men," chronicles the intertwining lives of four Iranian women during the summer of 1953; a cataclysmic moment in Iranian history when an American led, British backed coup d'état brought down the democratically elected Prime Minister, Mohammad Mossadegh, and reinstalled the Shah to power.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Its elegiac mood and chiaroscuro beauty are hard to shake."
‑ Cary Darling, Dallas Morning News
"It's a celebration of women's resilience in the face of absolute patriarchy, an oppression that's felt on personal, cultural, and political levels."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Neshat's images are startling in their sensual immediacy and aesthetic nuance."
‑ Chris Chang, Film Comment Magazine
"A work of real beauty."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"It is implacably in favour of women without in any way straining for effect."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Eloquent film illuminates Iranian history from a female point of view."
‑ Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter
"Women Without Men has compelling stretches, but the film's formal concerns overwhelm the storytelling."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"The images are vivid, their meanings much less so."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Heavy with symbolism and beautifully composed, it's in a traditional art house mode far removed from the quizzical, innovative, subtly subversive films that Iranian directors have been making under extraordinary pressures this past quarter of a century."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"With this debut feature, the photographer-turned-director Shirin Neshat has made a picture with vision, poetry, sexual frankness and historical sinew."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"The script jettisons most of the book's more powerful sections, upping the political angle and inexplicably eliminating motivations that made the strongly feminist story, rich in symbolism, so intriguing."
‑ Jay Weissberg, Variety
"It seduces us with imagery and metaphor."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"A poetic, impressionistic portrait of four women tangentially caught up in the political turmoil."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"The director's use of blatantly artificial devices - characters gliding along the ground, fast-breaking dawns - detaches her film from its strongest sources of turbulence and despair."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"A film that buckles under the weight of a grand ambition becomes a muddied if not entirely missed opportunity."
‑ Cyrus Shahrad, Little White Lies
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