Stunning compelling film, full of captivating motifs/rhythms that evoke continuity - the sun-stick; the cycling/horse-galloping; and the line of boys carrying boxes from place to place. Yet this continuity is juxtaposed with a defiant act by each protagonist. Alone, these acts are a small corner of disruption; but by bringing them together at the end the film gracefully suggests the potential for communal dissidence.
Iranian cinema and deep humanism go together. Here, it focuses on the feminine part of humanity. The first story is a prelude to repression and denying freedom, while the second story is the dormant sense of freedom re-emerging. The third story was pretty surreal and spoke very subtly of regrets. The visuals were calming and fresh. the acting extremely natural.
A throroughly capitivating film that never fails to interest the viewer with its engaging storylines and fantastical landscapes.Whimsically simple yet metaphorically complex, the film, through symbols and imagry, raises important ideas of what it means to be a woman in Iran, ideas that remain relevant to all contemporary communities despite cultural differences. A fantastic, inspired and confident debut.
The only allegation I have is an excessive simplicity and sometimes too rough use of symbols (like bike race become a synonym of freedom). In spite of this, stories are worthwile and informative. I liked the story of an old woman the most :-)
The first vignette was very slow and repetitive. The second one had great scenery, I loved the biking and the fact that she is fuelled more and more as more men come to try to get her to stop. The sound in that vignette is great and ends with an incredible shot "riding" away from her as she is being confronted by her brothers. The final vignette is funny, the boys playing with old lady's things while she is gone.