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Roozi ke zan shodam (The Day I Became a Woman) (2001)



Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 57
Fresh: 50 | Rotten: 7

Meshkini has made an excellent contribution to Iranian cinema with this poetic, emotionally poignant film.


Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 1

Meshkini has made an excellent contribution to Iranian cinema with this poetic, emotionally poignant film.



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Directed by Marzieh Meshkini, wife of acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf, this film tells three intertwined tales of women's struggle for identity in their native country, from the young to the elderly. Episode one, entitled "Havva," concerns a young girl on the morning of her ninth birthday. Against her better wishes, she is forced to stay home, away from her best friend who has asked her to play with him, due to her mother and grandmother's proclamation that she is now a woman.


Art House & International, Drama

Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Aug 16, 2005

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All Critics (65) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (50) | Rotten (7) | DVD (3)

A hauntingly simple, profound and beautiful movie.

May 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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What appears on the screen has a starkness that is almost indelible.

April 16, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Creates a flow of symbolism so potent, so transporting in its physicality, that its impact all but transcends its righteous liberal 'meaning.'

April 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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This film catapults Meshkini into the 'Someone to Watch' category.

April 9, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
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Short on drama but long on poetry.

April 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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An episodic drama rich in sly humor and symbolic imagery.

April 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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This is just about the lightest and most agreeable of the umpteen Iranian films I've seen.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

..."The Day I Became a Woman" doesn't really capture the imagination at the end.

September 28, 2001
Cinema Sight

"The Day I Became a Woman" is a trio of fables which simply yet evocatively lay out the problems of being a woman in Iran.

May 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

These simple episodes are all admirable but rarely engaging.

May 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

...pulsing with energy, fear, and determination

April 24, 2001
Palo Alto Weekly

A scathing indictment of the harsh, stifling treatment of women in Iran.

April 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
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April 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

A bold, vibrant piece of filmmaking that dares to not only question the justice of sexist orthodoxy, but to demonstrate the poignancy of lives trapped and twisted within its confines.

April 6, 2001 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Achieves its social commentary through passion and poetry.

April 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Too flimsy and brief (at a scant 78 minutes) to really have an impact.

April 6, 2001

Audience Reviews for Roozi ke zan shodam (The Day I Became a Woman)

An intriguing glimpse into the lives of three women and the situations that they find themselves in.
November 7, 2010
Leo L

Super Reviewer

Fascinating,profound in whatever way possible.The three portraits of 3 female generations are penetrative,society's dignity mingles in a boiling pot.Come and see the 21st century of travesty.Meshkini delivered a stupendous piece of art,one of those films thus a couple will dare to watch because it's "unknown".
January 14, 2010
Dimitris Springer

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