Secret Ballot
Secret Ballot (2002)

A soldier stationed on a deserted beach wakes up and discovers that it's not going to be an ordinary day: there are the elections, but nobody seems to know anything about them. Just as an electoral urn is being parachuted from the sky,… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: August 9, 2002
DVD Release Date: January 7, 2003
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A moderately funny comedy that will reward patient viewers.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

A psychic journey deep into the very fabric of Iranian ... life.

Janice Page
Boston Globe

The filmmaker's greatest achievement is that he avoids preaching or taking sides and deftly proves that the weightiest issues can still come tinged with humor and irony.

Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Long, still vistas . . . nicely surreal . . . some hard questions about faith and democracy, law and lawlessness, acting for the common good.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

A comedy that provides serious testament to the arduous, often dreary, always imperfect work of democracy.

Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail

A beguiling, slow-moving parable about the collision of past and present on a remote seacoast in Iran.

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Moira Sullivan

The sophistication of the Western democratic machinery seems absurd and its elaborate schemes for representation unreal by comparison.

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

Beautiful to watch and holds a certain charm.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

There has been much puzzlement among critics about what the election symbolizes. I believe the message is in the messenger: The agent is a woman.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Interessante filme que mostra a realidade política e social no Irã, o autoritarismo com relação às mulheres e as contradições de um país governado pela religiosidade.

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