The female gaze showcased in The Circle is both provocative and depressing. Jafar Panahi makes a powerful statement on the oppression of women in Iran, and the unique transitions in this film weave their plight into a beautiful, fascinating tribute that subtly applauds female bravery. One of my favorite Iranian films.
An exquisitely sensitive film about the homelessness of women in Iranian society, circles caught in various squares -- prison cells, fathers' houses, even doctors' offices. Told elusively in a round robin style, the tales of these women -- and girls -- are presented as facets of the same stark reality, with little if any suggestion of a way out.
Panahi uses Persian streets very well in this film. In general, streets make films very natural and realistic. Story goes on the streets and we see the routine life of Persian people. That is the another way of movie, I think.
What makes The Circle such a powerful movie? The way in which Panahi knows how not to speak. Is there something that could bring us closer to the heart of these tearful lives, than the flashing lights of a police car echoing on all these silent faces?
Filme en donde el centro de atención es la mujer iráni. Panahi se las ingenia para condensar toda una serie de casos en donde sus protagonistas "de paso" son víctimas de las costumbres represivas. Todo lo que sucede (o sucedió) en la historia, parece ser un consecuente de esa herencia machista. Desde la burocracia hasta los lazos familiares apañan estas prácticas, y tal parece que el miedo impide una revolución.
An apt title for the film: not only is it actually cyclic, one woman visits a cinema called the Circle. Panahi's sympathetic characters inhabit a fragmented narrative that compels the viewer to view Iranian society as the sum of their stories' parts, a clever move.
Too painful for this Iranian-American. But an important film that can stand as a powerful counterpoint to those in the West who tend to conflate opposition to the war on terror with support for tyrannical governments like the IRI.
Intriguing display of women's conditions in Iran. No doubt an important film in terms of subject matter. Strong performances. Handheld camera staying close to the action supports the feel of women on the run from lurking danger. At times I was somewhat thrown off by the lingering narrative though, but still a very watchworthy feature. First I've seen from Panahi, but will definitely be on the lookout for more.