Saturday, May 02, 2015


Ten is a 2002 Iranian film. Wikipedia has this plot description:
The film is divided into ten scenes, each of which depict a conversation between an unchanging female driver and a variety of passengers as she drives around Tehran. Her passengers include her young son, her sister, a bride, a prostitute, and a woman on her way to prayer. One of the major plots during the film is the driver's divorce from her (barely seen) husband, and the conflict that this causes between mother and son.
I think this movie is fascinating.

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The Guardian says, "At the end, Kiarostami has subtly built up a portrait of a woman and her world just by observing her driving around town, talking and listening. There's a universal appeal in Ten". BBC gives it 4 out of 5 stars and says, "This is vibrant, gritty filmmaking that proves that Kiarostami is still one of the most consistently fascinating filmmakers of our times." Empire Online gives it 5 out of 5 stars and says, "Verdict: Groundbreaking cinema so affecting it should be emulated around the world." TimeOut calls it, "a quietly audacious experiment" and "unusually forthright viewing".

Roger Ebert says this director's films "for example his latest work, "Ten" -are meant not so much to be watched as to be written about; his reviews make his points better than he does" and says in closing, "The fatal flaw in his approach is that no ordinary moviegoer, whether Iranian or American, can be expected to relate to his films. They exist for film festivals, film critics and film classes."

Entertainment Weekly gives it a B+. Rotten Tomatoes has a critics score of 87%.

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