It’s been months since Jafar Panahi, stuck in jail, has been awaiting a verdict by the appeals court. By depicting a day in his life, Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb try to portray the deprivations looming in contemporary Iranian cinema.
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Banned from making films for 20 years and facing a 6 year prison term, Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi made this document of his days under house arrest with the help from some of his friends. A searing work, in which he discusses what the film that got him in trouble might have looked like, and his life behind the camera. It may not be a film by Panahi's definition, but it's a powerful, essential act of defiance.
Conveys the passion of an artist that few films can, and the lengths that they will go to convey their ideas, even when restricted so severely. The final 20 minutes make for electric cinema, proving that real life is often far more spectacular and wonderful than fiction.
Someday, hopefully, I'll understand how the Iranians capture the confluence of life and cinema. Self-reflexive, meditative and - what I love most - aware of its own shortcomings. Also, best credit-sequence ever!
As FILMFAN put succinctly, I could ramble, but there is no point. The title is apt - it isn't a film, but rather a gift, a message. The act of its creation is rebellion. The contents within are subtly reflexive and paints us the figure of who Panahi is and what he represents. The last thirty minutes are nothing short of extraordinary. I'm in awe.
This is an absolute masterpiece, best cinema experience Iv'e ever had, and the single most emotionally affecting film i have ever been in. The film haunted me for days and still is. I could ramble, but there is no point.