Several young Iranian girls, barred from attending soccer matches under the laws of the Islamic Republic, attempt to sneak into Tehran’s Azadi Stadium by dressing up as boys. After being arrested, they have to listen to every roar of the crowd inside the stadium without being able to see the action.
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Jafar Panahi might be one of the few political filmmakers working today whose films are genuinely critical and honest about their subjects. He recognizes the absurdities of his country and culture and wants the world to understand and give a face to the worst victims of Sharia Law, women....
This is a great film. Lifted my spirits. I really enjoyed every character, they all showed compassion for one another in small doses that made you question who or what the real antagonist is. All the officials have been given a situation where their duty conflicts with their humanity and I liked how they all reacted to it. Ultimately a movie that shows the love that exists within Iran.
Having spent enough time around my father and his friends this film has everything Iranians love: being loud and football. I don't think I've seen a more joyous and life affirming film in a long time. This is another one of those movies whose world I would love to inhabit. And Panahi makes a profound political statement without anger, but with love and dignity. A universal work and one of the essentials of the 2000s.
Jafar, today Gadhafi was killed and evreyone is looking on the ugly pictures of his death. We have prefered to watch "Offside", so lively, luminous and free. And we are thinking to you and to your noble fight for dignity. Take care.
I probably shouldn't review a film before I finished it, (*we got an hour in and had to take a break because friends had arrived) but I can already say this was a daring and wonderful piece that has truly memorable characters, scenarios, and speaks volumes about the bravery of Panahi.
Charming, unassuming, quietly badass. Great everything - acting, direction, editing, writing, etc. - all humbly put to the service of this easy-watching, accessible, captivating, fun and wonderfully human little film. 3.75