No One Knows About Persian Cats (Les Chats Persans) (2010)

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Critic Consensus: Bringing a dose of humor and a fresh perspective to a very serious subject, No One Knows About Persian Cats is an exhilarating, quietly powerful tribute to the courage of Iran's underground musicians.


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Recently released from prison, two young musicians decide to form a band. Together they search the underworld of contemporary Tehran for other players. Forbidden by the authorities to play in Iran, they plan to escape from their clandestine existence, and dream of performing in Europe. But with no money and no passports, it won't be easy... -- (C) IFC

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Hossein Mortezaeiyan, Bahman Ghobadi, Roxana Saberi, Hossein M. Abkenar
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On DVD: Mar 15, 2011
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for No One Knows About Persian Cats (Les Chats Persans)

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (19)

An appealing cast of aspiring young musicians ostensibly play themselves in this naive, shapeless, but often fascinating 2009 drama.

Full Review… | December 30, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A vibrant, engaging portrait of a generation bursting with repressed creativity.

Full Review… | June 3, 2010
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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No One Knows About Persian Cats ends on a sudden note of tragedy that almost ruins the exuberant spirit of everything that has preceded it.

Full Review… | May 19, 2010
Miami Herald
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Ghobadi has emerged as a filmmaker whose gift for poetic realism was only equaled by an unerring sense of precisely when and how to break the viewer's heart.

Full Review… | May 14, 2010
Washington Post
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Over and over, the movie stops in its tracks to listen to musicians play, offering witness to their travails and ingenuity.

Full Review… | May 13, 2010
Boston Globe
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The underground music scene in Tehran comes to life in all these different sort of clandestine studio scenes.

Full Review… | May 10, 2010
At the Movies
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Audience Reviews for No One Knows About Persian Cats (Les Chats Persans)

Decent music, but it took all I had to just stay awake during this film. My god, could they have made it any more slow moving?? sheesh

itsjustme2004
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

There's much more to iranian underground music & the film doesn't really delve into its subject matter, It's short on story & character developement & it seems that it doesn't care & only wants to send a message, It features a showcase of talent with sequences of somehow frustrating daily life & althouth it tries not to feel forced or melodramatic it fails at times specially in its ending which is awful imo, Overall the film has its great moments & I respect the effort

arashxak
Arash Xak

Super Reviewer

½

Since music was first invented, young people have wanted to put on a show. That's no less true in the spirited movie, "No One Knows about Persian Cats," which is based on real incidents. The only problem for the protagonists is that they live in Tehran where such happenings are seriously frowned upon and the musicians face jail time if caught. So, Negar(Negar Shaghaghi) and Askhan(Ashkan Koshanejad) want out, preferably to London but Ashkan is lacking a passport. So, they go to Nader(Hamed Behdad), a fixer/bootlegger who not only finds them a guitarist but also a counterfeiter. Now, they could also use another woman singer since the rules forbid Negar from being the only female singer in a band for a concert they are planning to put on to raise the necessary funds.

They are not the only musicians affected as the movie tours the Tehran music scene which is mostly literally underground, as the musicians find creative places to practice(But, oh, those poor cows!), with music that ranges from traditional to heavy metal to rap. While I ordinarily find music videos in films to be beyond cliche, here it works well.(The highlight here is the one for a rap song called "A City Where Everything You See Entices You.") Even though "No One Knows about Persian Cats" can be a little pedantic and overstated at times in railing against the injustices of the system(That probably explains the scene with the dog.), it still has plenty to say about the post-revolutionary generation. They are simply trying to express themselves, not rebelling necessarily(although Nader has a photo of Marlon Brando from "The Wild One" on his wall), with ironically western influences, and who as the film states, the country is in danger of losing.

Harlequin68
Walter M.

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