The Circle (Dayereh)
The Circle (Dayereh) (2001)

A look at the world of seven women in Iran, searching for themselves while struggling with everyday oppression. Having been released from prison only to find themselves confined by the world outside.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 18, 2001
DVD Release Date: December 18, 2001
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bleak, yet powerful, The Circle offers a searing indictment of the oppressive conditions experienced by women in Iran.

Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News

An impressive piece of work, especially considering it was made in a barren artistic climate overseen by a censorious government.

Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

In its brisk way, it's a devastating piece of work, and very brave too.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

What few ironies there are, are overpowered by the firm, calm, institutionalized oppression imposed on the women of Panahi's country.

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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

Just like Tomb Raider, it is fiction. It just unfortunately comes a lot closer than the American film to the truth of how its female characters live.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Profoundly dangerous to the status quo in Iran because it asks us to identify with the plight of women who have done nothing wrong except to be female.

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Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

... like a cry of distress from a princess imprisoned in a tower. But the tower is in a busy world of heartless, self-absorbed men who laugh at the idea of a rescue.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

A memorable and devastating indictment of the oppression facing many women in Iran.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

The world it shows is both mysterious and full of menace -- yet as real as the world outside the theater.

Moira Sullivan
Movie Magazine International

The Circle basically shows that Iran is a police state with severe measures for keeping women in control.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic][color=darkorchid]During the opening credits of "The Circle" a 2000 movie from Iran directed by Jafar Panahi(Crimson Gold), we… More
John Ballantine
Be in the right mood to see this. It is one of umpteen depictions of women coping in fundamentalist Islamic states but it happens to be one of the better ones.
Dimitris Springer
Undoubtedly,it's one of the top 10 films of 2000.Justification knows no boundaries and female,psychological suffering is excellently displayed on this… More