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Offside (2006)



Critic Consensus: A spirited film that explores gender politics with comedy, intelligence, and a variety of interesting characters.

Movie Info

Six Iranian girls disguise themselves as boys in order to enter Tehran's Azadi Stadium to watch the 2006 World Cup Asian zone qualifier between Iran and Bahrain. However, their presence is discovered and they are arrested one by one.more
Rating: PG (for language throughtout, and some thematic elements)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jafar Panahi, Shadmehr Rastin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 28, 2007
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


Safar Samandar
as Azari Soldier
Shayesteh Irani
as Smoking Girl
M. Kheyrabadi
as Mashadi Soldier
Ida Sadeghi
as Girl Soccer Player
Golnaz Farmani
as Girl with Chador
Mahnaz Zabihi
as Soldier Girl
M. Kheymeh Kabood
as Tehrani Soldier
Mohsen Tanabandeh
as Ticket Seller
Reza Farhadi
as Old Man
M. R. Gharadaghi
as Boy with Firecracker...
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Critic Reviews for Offside

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (32)

Exhilarating, exuberant and drolly funny.

Full Review… | August 4, 2007
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The rare Iranian film that is not only thoughtful and thought-provoking but also a lot of fun.

Full Review… | June 15, 2007
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Offside is a slow slog through bloated scenes with little happening. Framed and shot like a crude documentary, it proceeds in long, clunky takes, as if an editor couldn't be bothered.

Full Review… | May 18, 2007
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Humanizes the Iranians and shows that they're just as crazy about their sports as Westerners, if not more. If anything, it proves that soccer is truly an international language, providing an arena where anyone can communicate.

Full Review… | May 18, 2007
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

...reveals pockets of empathy existing in defiance of Iran's oppressive regime.

Full Review… | September 4, 2012

Posits an exhilarating, ephemeral sense of cultural inclusiveness

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

Audience Reviews for Offside

Noted Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi has been sentenced to six years in jail and barred from directing and producing movies for the next 20 years, according to his lawyer.

Panahi, known for his internationally acclaimed movies like 'The Circle', 'White Balloon' and 'The Mirror' on humanitarian struggles in the country, has been outspoken in his support of Iran's opposition movement, earning the wrath of the government.

The filmmaker was convicted of colluding in gathering and making propaganda against the regime, lawyer Farideh Gheyrat told the Iranian state news agency, ISNA, the Guardian reported.

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


This Movie shows some of the hardships faced by Iranian women in Iran. Very enjoyable and educational. A Must See for any women in America who thinks she has itough

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]In Iran, women are forbidden from attending sporting events because of the possibility of them being corrupted by the men's swearing.(In my experience, it is the other way around.)[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Directed by Jafar Panahi, "Offside" was filmed at the Iran-Bahrain 2005 World Cup qualifier where a young woman, not well disguised, tries to get inside the stadium but is stopped by soldiers and is detained along with a handful of other women who tried to gain entry. The soldiers clearly do not want to be there and take pity on their prisoners, occasionally giving updates on the game. [/font]

[font=Century Gothic]"Offside" is a truly wonderful movie that somehow manages to be wildly entertaining about a very serious subject - the exclusion of women from Iranian society, focusing on sports which have the power to bring the entire country together. But the country cannot be truly whole unless women are allowed to participate fully. So, it should not be surprising that the women who are very knowledgeable about soccer risk much to show their support for their national team.[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]And there is graffiti in Iran?[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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