Shirin (2009)

A hundred and fourteen famous Iranian theater and cinema actresses and a French star: mute spectators at a theatrical representation of Khosrow and Shirin, a Persian poem from the 12th century, put on stage by Kiarostami. The development of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 26, 2009
DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

One of Abbas Kiarostami's trickiest and most radical experimental works.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

(Kiarostami) studies the roadmap of the face, faces of women both young and old, faces framed by head scarves that are limned by the flickering light of the faux movie screen.

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Anton Bitel
Projected Figures

for all the probing beauty of Kiarostami's close-ups, Shirin depends entirely on a concept better suited to a shorter duration. By the 20-minute mark, the viewer has got it - and from there on in, the film is just a pretty face (or several).

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Ronnie Scheib

Shirin offers a feast for the bedazzled eye and a crash course in narrative obsession for the benumbed mind.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The melodramatic, passionate "Shirin" story drives everything forward, and gazing at the faces of these amazing women can be a compelling experience in itself.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A unique movie viewing experience.

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Jeremy Heilman

It powerfully reminds us of the persuasiveness of art as it simultaneously stresses the humanist perspective of its singular, innovative creator.

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