No One Knows About Persian Cats (Les Chats Persans)
No One Knows About Persian Cats (Les Chats Persans) (2010)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 16, 2010
DVD Release Date: March 15, 2011
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bringing a dose of humor and a fresh perspective to a very serious subject, No One Knows About Persian Cats is an exhilarating, quietly powerful tribute to the courage of Iran's underground musicians.

Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader

An appealing cast of aspiring young musicians ostensibly play themselves in this naive, shapeless, but often fascinating 2009 drama.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

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.

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

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.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A vibrant, engaging portrait of a generation bursting with repressed creativity.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Over and over, the movie stops in its tracks to listen to musicians play, offering witness to their travails and ingenuity.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

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.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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.

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Michael Phillips
At the Movies

The underground music scene in Tehran comes to life in all these different sort of clandestine studio scenes.

Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews 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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Decent music, but it took all I had to just stay awake during this film. My god, could they have made it any more slow moving?? sheesh
Quinto Wallight
The music is the true star of this movie and it doesn't disappoint there, showing us in an almost documentary style about the struggles of Iranian citizens… More
Arash Xak
There's much more to iranian underground music & the film doesn't really delve into its subject matter, It's short on story & character… More
Daisy Maduro
This movie the Persian Cats showed some independent musicians of Iran directed by my favorite director Bahman Ghobadi, showing various music genres like rock,… More
Walter M.
Since music was first invented, young people have wanted to put on a show. That's no less true in the spirited movie, "No One Knows about Persian… More