Panj é asr (At Five in the Afternoon) (2003)
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Iranian writer/director Samira Makhmalbaf directs At Five in the Afternoon, co-scripted by her father, Mohsen Makhmalbaf (director of Kandahar). In the bombed-out ruins of post-Taliban Kabul, Noqreh (Agheleh Rezaie) lives with her conservative father (Abdolgani Yousefrazi) and her sister-in-law, Leylomah (Marzieh Amiri), in temporary refuge buildings. Although her father insists that she go to the religious school, Noqreh sneaks into a secular school for girls. Her teacher encourages her to run for class president, and she finds support from a refugee poet (Razi Mahebi), who introduces her to the work of Garcia Lorca. Noqreh dreams about becoming president of Afghanistan, and she bases her political ideals on former Pakistani president Benazir Bhutto. At Five in the Afternoon won the Jury Prize at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Panj é asr (At Five in the Afternoon)
This lushly photographed movie stands as a testament to dreams and determination on both sides of the camera and everywhere in the world.
A feature that sifts through the rubble of global politics and finds this: a teaspoon of hope mixed with buckets of despair.
An unsettling and uneven work in which we must make do with a few sequences that hit the bull's-eye and many more that can't even locate a target.
An already powerful story could've had more impact had the characters been developed further.
Despite the deprivations suffered by its subjects, At Five in the Afternoon is distinguished by the elegance and eloquence of its images.
It's a winning glimpse at a country that occupies our consciousness but until now has remained unseen.
Makhmalbaf wants to reflect what's happening in Afghanistan today. To that end this is a timely piece. Whether or not it remains as such as the years go by will only be known as history rolls itself out.
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