A young girl leaves school and discovers that her mother is not outside waiting. She boards what looks like the correct bus, but eventually realizes that she has gone the wrong way. A friendly driver begins to help the now irritable child. Suddenly she stops and announces “I don’t want to play this part anymore.” The story surprisingly becomes about making a film. The actress continues to be filmed without her knowledge.
From the director of the award-winning The White Balloon and The Circle.
Jafar Panahi (Persian: جعفر پناهی , born July 11, 1960 in Mianeh, Iran) is an Iranian filmmaker and is one of the most influential filmmakers in the Iranian New Wave movement. He has gained recognition from film theorists and critics worldwide and received numerous awards including the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.
Jafar Panahi was ten years old when he wrote his first book, which subsequently won the first prize in a literary competition. At the same age, he became familiar with film making. He shot films on 8mm film, acting in one and assisting in the making of another. Later, he took up photography. During his military service, Panahi served in the Iran–Iraq War (1980-90) and made a documentary about the war during this period.
After studying film directing at the College of Cinema and Television in Tehran, Panahi made several films for Iranian television and was the assistant director of Abbas Kiarostami’s… read more
As long there is editing, there is nothing called breaking the 4th wall. The rebellion against being filmed has been co-opted and appropriated for the film. For those who say the film is "seen from the point of view of a little girl", are you serious?! I loved the film and enjoyed it as a film about synchronizing and appropriating the out-takes into the film itself. The little girl is lovely too. 4/5 Panahi.
Incredible! One of the best films about film I've seen. Thinking about Panahi's imprisonment makes me wanna cry like Juliette Binoche.
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