Despite the fact that I'm a medium soccer fan, this picture is super intense. You only see a bit of play, and the rest is all reflected in the faces of these cast as they react to what information they can get, all under pretty stressful circumstances! Classic Panahi!
very beautiful, i think while watching this film what i took from it was to make the best out of whatever life throws at you and the idea that those who do something which may seem bad, is something good in their eyes. oh, and i think i fell in love with every character in this film.
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....
For a long time I wasn't sure if this was supposed to be a comedy or a drama, since the film blends the two genres quick frequently. Sometimes the moral message of the film is a bit heavy-handed and handled without subtlety, but it's a good message nonetheless and an enjoyable movie.
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.