Zeitgeist Films | Ten
Abbas Kiarostami
Film Info
2002
94 mins
Color
Iran / France
In Farsi with English subtitles
35mm
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Sound: DTS
Rating: Not Rated
Synopsis

Celebrated Iranian writer-director Abbas Kiarostami (TASTE OF CHERRY, CLOSE-UP) once again casts his masterful cinematic gaze upon the modern sociopolitical landscape of his homeland, this time as seen through the eyes of one woman as she drives through the streets of Tehran over a period of several days. Her journey is comprised of ten conversations with various female passengers, including her sister, a hitchhiking prostitute and a jilted bride, as well as her imperious young son. As Kiarostami's 'dashboard cam' eavesdrops on these lively, heart-wrenching road trips, a complex portrait of contemporary Iran comes sharply into focus. Calling it a 'work of inspired simplicity,' A.O. Scott in The New York Times wrote that Kiarostami, "in addition to being perhaps the most internationally admired Iranian filmmaker of the past decade, is also among the world masters of automotive cinema...He understands the automobile as a place of reflection, observation and, above all, talk."

Official Selection of the 2002 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

See also Kiarostami's documentary 10 ON TEN