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

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

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 30, 2010
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A vibrant, engaging portrait of a generation bursting with repressed creativity.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 3, 2010
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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 Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 19, 2010
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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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 Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 14, 2010
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 13, 2010
Michael Phillips
At the Movies
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The underground music scene in Tehran comes to life in all these different sort of clandestine studio scenes.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

May 10, 2010
Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
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A winning and celebratory look at Tehran's distressed rock musicians.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: 4/5

May 7, 2010
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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The blend of tunes and plot works just fine as a daisy chain of music videos, though some of the glossier segments feel out of place in an otherwise rough-hewn film about art in the face of repression. These cats are wild at heart.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

April 30, 2010
Ted Fry
Seattle Times
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The dynamic sequences of musical performances are interspersed with vignettes that come off tense or comic as the trio moves through back alleys and the underground in an urgent, life-and-death quest for freedom and rock 'n' roll.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

April 29, 2010
John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
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No One Knows About Persian Cats is an exhilarating examination of a leading Iranian criminal enterprise -- music...

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

April 23, 2010
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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The film has a remarkably exuberant spirit that is impossible to resist...

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 5/5

April 23, 2010
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Stubborn, high-spirited and carefully calculated rebellion is Mr. Ghobadi's subject, and also the prevailing ethic of his film.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

April 16, 2010
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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The subject may be serious, but Ghobadi's approach is mostly light and humorous, at least until the final scenes.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

April 16, 2010
Noel Murray
AV Club
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Though it's cool to hear the variety of the Iranian underground music scene (which encompasses heavy metal, blues, folk, hip-hop, and cabaret-pop, among other styles), No One Knows About Persian Cats is a drama largely devoid of, well, drama.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

April 15, 2010
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The close-to-the-ground style compensates for the tenuous narrative structure by capturing the energy and variety of Tehran's music scene in all its bravery.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

April 14, 2010
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Cconsidering that everything the movie shows -- including two women singing a folk song -- is illegal, bravado is a given.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 14, 2010
David Fear
Time Out New York
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These artists are risking everything by playing Western-influenced music; that Ghobadi cheapens and cheeses up their subversion with Hollywood tricks makes for a seriously bitter irony.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

April 14, 2010
Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
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This bold piece of docu-fiction, an open protest against censorship and the repression of individual liberties, will no doubt make waves in Iran.

May 15, 2009
Alissa Simon
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Fueled by frustration with the myriad prohibitions governing life in Iran, No One Knows About Persian Cats strings an improvised tale around Tehran's underground indie-rock scene.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 15, 2009
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