KINOKINO: TEN (DAH) by Abbas Kiarostami (2002) OmU
2002, 94 min, Iran/France, Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
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A feminine response to the male-dominated TASTE OF CHERRY, this deceptively simple drama features Mania Akbari as a woman who drives through the streets of Tehran over a period of several days, having 10 conversations with various passengers in a space both private and public.
She talks with her passengers about life, divorce, sex, education and wearing a headscarf. These are all difficult subjects in Iran, you could say, but the woman does not seem to bat an eyelid. The film is very simply shot on digital video. Two tiny cameras are stuck to the dashboard. One pointing at the driver and one at the passenger. Shot and cross shot. Film can be that simple. And that effective. The conversations filmed all look natural and improvised and therefore documentary. However the dramatic buildup of the conversations and the rich approach to the scenes suggests a writing or at least guiding hand. In ten simple scenes (counting down from 10 to 1) Kiarostami shows just how eloquent simplicity can be. Simplicity graces the master.
Kiarostami’s film is an minimal masterpiece on the life and identity of women in modern Iran in the car as a place of reflection and talk.
It was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Protected content Film Festival.
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