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The Deserted Station (2002)

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 0

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A man and his wife encounter some unanticipated delays en route to a religious shrine in Iranian director Alireza Raisian's 2002 drama The Deserted Station. As he drives his car to the holy city of Mashad, a young photographer applies his trade and snaps photos of various sites and locations. Further down the road, the car breaks down -- forcing the man to walk in search of someone to make the necessary repairs. His wife (Leila Hatami), who has been sleeping most of the trip, awakens and goes

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It's not often you encounter a film that's simultaneously as tedious and moving as The Deserted Station.

December 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Like all of Iranian cinema, Deserted Station is marked by unaffected, neo-realist performances, particularly by Nezam Manouchehri as the testy and uncertain husband, and Leila Hatami as his quietly sad wife.

December 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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The sweet script, crisp direction and a delightful performance by Leila Hatami, as the sad-eyed wife, should put Deserted Station on your must-see list.

December 3, 2004
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A poignant parable about the role of women in Islamic society.

December 3, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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A bluntly heart-tugging city-mouse, country-mouse fable from Iran.

December 2, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Hardcore Kiarostami devotees may miss the master's harsher clarity, but Hatami, best known for her starring role in Dariush Mehrjui's Leila, makes her character's inner transformation both subtle and palpable.

November 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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A sweet, little unpretentious slice-of-life flick from Iran which, while highlighting the arid region's visually-arresting, utter desolation, ever so subtly hints at the tension between a simmering feminism and traditional Muslim values.

May 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine
Upstage Magazine

Excessively enigmatic, Deserted Station nevertheless provides an allegory for modern-day Iran.

January 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Kiarostami and Raisian conjure up the oppressive miasma clinging to women and kids in patriarchal Iran . . . offers startling images . . . [a] stubbornly ambiguous film.

February 18, 2006
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Intimate and engaging.

December 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

It is filled with feeling and far from sentimental or cloying, with a beautiful score enhancing the melancholia.

November 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

This deeply humanistic drama is strongly reminiscent of the earlier, less self-referential films of Abbas Kiarostami.

November 19, 2004 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Heavy on symbolic visuals and told in slowly and quietly unfolding nonevent action, it's a moving and gentle study of lingering grief and sexual politics.

November 19, 2004 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

A spare plot that's 'relaxed' if 'relaxed' means that it moves as quickly as molasses climbing up a tree in January.

November 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

It's a simple enough setup, but Raisian packs so much into it that multiple viewings may be necessary.

July 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Melancholy, tender, and charged with rich symbolic power, it's a muted yet strangely fragile film that's as much about Middle Eastern womanhood as the horrors of parental bereavement.

April 3, 2004 Full Review Source: BBC

A modern gem of Iran's always interesting filmmaking industry.

April 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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