Women Without Men (Zanan-e bedun-e mardan)
Women Without Men (Zanan-e bedun-e mardan) (2010)

"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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 9, 2010
DVD Release Date: March 1, 2011
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Its reach may exceed its grasp, but Women Without Men's beautiful imagery and quiet elegance will entrance patient viewers.

Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News

Its elegiac mood and chiaroscuro beauty are hard to shake.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

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.

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine

Neshat's images are startling in their sensual immediacy and aesthetic nuance.

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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter

Eloquent film illuminates Iranian history from a female point of view.

Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

Women Without Men has compelling stretches, but the film's formal concerns overwhelm the storytelling.

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

The images are vivid, their meanings much less so.

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Jay Weissberg

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.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

It seduces us with imagery and metaphor.

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Alistair Harkness

A poetic, impressionistic portrait of four women tangentially caught up in the political turmoil.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
1953 Iran is like the present day Iran in some areas, as women have to live by prescribed roles in both times. For example, Zarin(Orsolya Toth) is a… More
Byron Brubaker
I saw this at the Cleveland International Film Fest. The director, Shirin Neshat, and her partner and co-director, Shoja Azari, were there to answers questions… More
Daniel Parsons
Magic realism works surprisingly well alongside "everyday life" in this drama which focuses on the interweaving of four Iranian women in 1953 - the… More