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1,299 Ratings


Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
Iran, France, 2002
Drama, Avant-Garde


One woman drives through the streets of Tehran over several days. Her journey is comprised of ten conversations with various passengers, including her sister, a hitchhiking prostitute, and a jilted bride. As Kiarostami’s “dashboard cams” eavesdrop, a portrait of Iran comes into focus.

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Despite the lack of setup, despite even the visibility of one of the scene’s participants (to say nothing of her name), the first segment immediately fills in a shared history between the two characters, using loose, passionate dialogue to render exposition with immediacy. This is storytelling rendered in a seemingly free pattern that disguises the deftness of its construction.
July 11, 2016
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[Akbari] is truly a beautiful thing to observe—and not just because her thick lipstick and eyebrow pencil are in perfect place, or because her sunglasses are designer, or her head scarf loosened to a perfect Grace Kelly effect. She is scandalously funny and endearingly true, a character with no name giving the best performance I had seen in that year—at turns witty, angry, shamed, and defensive.
January 08, 2016
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What the film may lack in pictorial beauty it gains in documentary revelation, as the women speak with a candor virtually unseen in Iranian cinema. (Naturally, it was banned in Iran.) TEN is deliberate in its lack of resolution, making it a frustrating experience for some viewers. But Kiarostami’s attempt to create a new aesthetic out of recent technology (and to find an analogue for contemporary alienation with such formal transparency) makes this an integral work of recent years.
March 26, 2010
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