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Tehran Taxi

تاکسی | Taxi

Directed by Jafar Panahi
Iran, 2015


Jafar Panahi is banned from making movies by the Iranian government, he poses as a taxi driver and makes a movie about social challenges in Iran.

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Tehran Taxi Directed by Jafar Panahi

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2015 | 2 wins including: FIPRESCI Prize

César Awards

2016 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

Panahi continues his fugitive cinema, now five years and three movies into his 20-year ban, with results that remain inventive and altogether inspiring… What Panahi creates is an act of defiance at its most affable and subtly provocative, where the camera as an object is given a deeply meaningful sense of physicality. What happens to this object, then, is a twist that resonates like a cruel violation.
January 18, 2016
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Taxi has a grand sense of humour. It rather lovingly suggests that crime and punishment are relative terms; one man’s serious offence is another woman’s slap on the wrist. What’s clear, though, is that the cinema can help clarify these gradations when examined by artists that still see hope in human nature and art itself.
October 30, 2015
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In encompassing such direct criticism of the state security apparatus, this is a courageously forthright offering from a filmmaker already facing the possibility of jail, yet ultimately it’s aimed at a younger generation of Iranians. Panahi is addressing those coming of age at a time when ease of access to digital image technology makes it doubly important for them to look beyond the ideological parameters being set out before them.
October 30, 2015
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What are people saying?

  • Joel's rating of the film Tehran Taxi

    Deceptively simple and at first a bit of a clever gag of a film, but there are some really elegantly profound moments where the constraints of the form give birth to really moving insight to the challenges in Iranian culture. A quiet little magic trick of a film. And a loving homage to Kiarostami all the while.

  • Kenji's rating of the film Tehran Taxi

    Second viewing confirms this is a masterpiece; engrossing, surprising, with Kiarostami-esque fact-fiction blurring and layering, but more layers still- like the nod to Kiarostami's Ten, the conditions the film has to be made in, and above all, Panahi's defiant courage.

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Tehran Taxi

    4++ Delightful film, clever, great acting and the whole thing is tightly wound, Again, Panahi makes a lot out of a very simple idea, this time he's driving several different people around town. Goldfish and a cute kid again figure prominently. Sure, you could watch this simple picture on your computer screen, but I am glad I saw it in a theater on a Saturday afternoon.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Tehran Taxi

    The third of Jafar Panahi's "not films", surprisingly jolly despite the echoes of dismay and righteousness. Structured like a series of possible films passing through Panahi's car, part of the fun is guessing how much is staged. But the overall feeling is that of a great mass of humanity teeming under the radar, which no authoritarian regime could hope to control. The year's most huggable act of civil disobedience.

  • Warren Spratley's rating of the film Tehran Taxi

    I want to proclaim that this is a masterwork, but I'm not sure Panahi is consistently successful in his particular manner of suspending between documentary & fiction. It's a question of scenic rhythm perhaps, of the way conflict sometimes penetrates this limiting yet rewarding cinematic space, a taxi. The artificiality becomes too glaring? I don't know. Mostly, I was transfixed by its humor, its narrative surprises.

  • Carlos Filipe Freitas's rating of the film Tehran Taxi

    One can wonder how is it possible that the Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, who was sentenced by the authoritarian regime of his country to 20 years without making cinema, still manages to direct clandestine masterpieces with a disarming simplicity, emotional truthfulness, social-political awareness, and delightfully humorous situations. (4.5 stars)

  • josé neves's rating of the film Tehran Taxi

    The legacy of Abbas Kiarostami extraordinary "Close Up" continues to prove to be the best that the great Iranian cinema shows. From a realistic premise is presented the most elaborate and artful, astute, of fictions, always from a constant reference to its exposure and play. The ending sequence-shot is exemplary: the traditional conclusive black screen is used as a result of an expository farce, beyond its logic.

  • Ivo Alexandre's rating of the film Tehran Taxi

    Partagé à plusieurs reprises entre le rire et l'effroi de constater l'image (sans doute fidèle) de la société iranienne que dépeint Panahi, j'en suis sorti troublé, peiné, amusé. Quand la fiction dépasse la réalité, ou l'inverse, qu'importe.

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