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Women Without Men (Zanan-e bedun-e mardan) Reviews

July 9, 2010
Its elegiac mood and chiaroscuro beauty are hard to shake.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 6, 2010
The director's use of blatantly artificial devices - characters gliding along the ground, fast-breaking dawns - detaches her film from its strongest sources of turbulence and despair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 6, 2010
Eloquent film illuminates Iranian history from a female point of view.
July 6, 2010
A work of real beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 6, 2010
The script jettisons most of the book's more powerful sections, upping the political angle and inexplicably eliminating motivations that made the strongly feminist story, rich in symbolism, so intriguing.
July 1, 2010
It's a celebration of women's resilience in the face of absolute patriarchy, an oppression that's felt on personal, cultural, and political levels.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 16, 2010
It is implacably in favour of women without in any way straining for effect.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 10, 2010
With this debut feature, the photographer-turned-director Shirin Neshat has made a picture with vision, poetry, sexual frankness and historical sinew.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 10, 2010
A film that buckles under the weight of a grand ambition becomes a muddied if not entirely missed opportunity.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 9, 2010
Women without Men is a series of tableaux to which no one brought the vivants.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 3, 2010
Women Without Men has compelling stretches, but the film's formal concerns overwhelm the storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 27, 2010
It seduces us with imagery and metaphor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 14, 2010
The film surpasses even Michael Haneke's White Ribbon in the fierce beauty and precision of its cinematography.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 13, 2010
The movie began life as a series of museum pieces, and it retains the transportive effect of a well-conceived exhibit.
Read More | Original Score: B
May 13, 2010
Elegant, often moving.
May 12, 2010
Neshat's love for interactive video installations and abiding interest in Islamic feminine identity are evident in her dreamy first feature, a 2009 Venice Film Festival prizewinner that is stronger on beautiful imagery than on narrative flow.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 12, 2010
Set in a seething 1953 Tehran, this is the kind of film that shouts its plot developments from urgent radio broadcasts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 30, 2010
The material is so relentlessly dark -- suicide, rape, eating disorders and repression all have a home here -- that the film will satisfy only Iranian history buffs and devoted Neshat fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 9, 2010
Though the narrative could use more depth and detail, the film generally absorbs with its strong performances, stirring emotions and vivid imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 2, 2010
It's an archly poetic, earnestly symbolic treatise trying awfully hard to be an important picture, but not succeeding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4