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Iron Island (Jazire Ahani) (2006)



Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 1

A visually creative yet grounded film from Iran, Iron Island is a political allegory that packs a punch.


Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 0

A visually creative yet grounded film from Iran, Iron Island is a political allegory that packs a punch.



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Old Captain Nemat runs a tight ship. This benevolent dictator is almost a father to the scores of poor, homeless, uneducated families who live on his immensely overcrowded tanker, anchored several yards offshore. The fact that the ship's owner and the authorities have ordered him to evacuate the place presents no problem. He simply refuses with somewhat disastrous results.

Aug 29, 2006

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Like the great Iranian filmmakers, Rasoulof has no use for the artificiality of heightened drama. He opts, instead, for a more universal humanism, which is a better teaching tool.

August 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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A galloping fable full of offbeat characters and entertaining moments.

July 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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A captivating socio-political allegory with the air of satire as well as fable, Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof's Iron Island has an Orwellian sting.

July 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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This is a potent social allegory from Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof, told with humor and a feeling of mystery.

June 30, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Dramatically engrossing and visually enthralling.

June 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Iran's recent growlings under its new president make such a film as Iron Island all the more remarkable.

April 21, 2006
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Visually pleasing in its mythic images, and it's heartfelt narrative is both stirring and poetic.

May 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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This resonant fable proves again that art flourishes in unlikely places, under the most restrictive conditions.

February 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

But behind the utopian fairy tale is the genial authoritarianism... Ambivalence has rarely been made so lyrical and lovely.

July 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Conflicts, contrasts and apparent paradoxes lap away under the surface, beautifully shot by cinematographer Reza Jallali . . . Iron Island has an eerie, elemental beauty.

July 13, 2006
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

The graceful film by Mohammad Rasoulof balances the residents' humdrum daily lives with magical, dreamlike moments that provide hope where hope often has no place.

May 26, 2006
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

'Iron Island' provides no comforting answers, choosing instead to remain ambiguous...

May 23, 2006 Full Review Source:

This is what cinema is about. Taking the viewer into a completely alien world and trying to make some sense out of it.

April 6, 2006
Greenwich Village Gazette

Despite technical and story deficiencies, this is a film that's as well intentioned as its complex central figure.

April 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Mohammad Rasoulof's heartfelt and darkly comic second feature proves beyond any doubt that Iranian film is still alive and well.

March 31, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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