3 Faces (2019) - Rotten Tomatoes

3 Faces (2019)



Critic Consensus: Observational, insightful, and ultimately powerful, 3 Faces adds another quietly thought-provoking chapter to writer-director Jafar Panahi's filmography.

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Well-known actress Behnaz Jafari is distraught by a provincial girl's video plea for help--oppressed by her family to not pursue her studies at the Tehran drama conservatory. Behnaz abandons her shoot and turns to filmmaker Jafar Panahi to help solve the mystery of the young girl's troubles. They travel by car to the rural northwest where they have amusing encounters with the charming folk of the girl's mountain village. But the city visitors soon discover that the protection of age-old traditions is as generous as local hospitality...

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A revelatory meander through Iran's remote villages, with every detour throwing a sidelight on customs and habits shaping everyday life.

May 1, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This is another example of how Panahi, under the guise of looking inward, is really using cinema to celebrate his connection to others.

April 18, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Provocative without being hectoring.

March 29, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Perhaps a little slacker than some of his previous outings, but Panahi's commitment and courage shine through.

March 28, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

3 Faces is Panahi at his best. The holistic vision of a nation is all at once generous and embracing, alarming and admonitory, bleak and beautiful. Truth is delivered to us by an artist who has suffered it.

March 27, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Unquestioned patriarchal tradition and desperate responses to its oppressive power are dramatized in the Iranian director Jafar Panahi's sly and defiant metafictional road movie.

March 11, 2019 | Full Review…

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