Blackboards (2002)




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Samira Makmalbaf makes her sophomore feature outing with this bold, elliptical look at the plight of marginalized populations in modern Iran. The film opens with a group of Kurdish teachers lugging blackboards on their backs in the rocky hinterland looking for illiterates to educate. The group splits up in a panic when they are suddenly confronted by a helicopter border patrol. Two pedagogues, Reeboir (Bahman Ghobadi) and Said (Said Mohamadi), camouflage their chalkboards with mud and take … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Samira Makhmalbaf
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On DVD: Feb 17, 2004
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as Halaleh

as Reeboir

as Young Boy Storytelle...

as Group Leader

as Marriage Registrar

as Match Maker

as Old Man

as The Boy Porter

as Little Girl
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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (14)

When I first saw Blackboards three years ago I was surprised as well as puzzled that in some ways it reminded me of John Ford's 1950 western Wagon Master.

Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Chicago Reader
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Reeboir varies between a sweet smile and an angry bark, while Said attempts to wear down possible pupils through repetition. It has no affect on the Kurds, but it wore me down.

January 31, 2003
Seattle Times
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A heartening tale of small victories and enduring hope.

Full Review… | January 24, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
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There's no denying the strength of these simple images, and the bleak message of learning to sort out your real priorities in times of strife.

Full Review… | January 17, 2003
Toronto Star
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A selection of scenes in search of a movie.

Full Review… | January 17, 2003
Globe and Mail
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Its metaphors are opaque enough to avoid didacticism, and the film succeeds as an emotionally accessible, almost mystical work.

Full Review… | January 17, 2003
Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for Blackboards

The role of Halaleh is now pretty much my favorite role in all movies of all time. Ever. All time. *And the director is a 20-year-old female*.

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