Secret Ballot (2002)

Secret Ballot



Critic Consensus: A moderately funny comedy that will reward patient viewers.

Movie Info

A soldier stationed on a deserted beach wakes up and discovers that it's not going to be an ordinary day: there are the elections, but nobody seems to know anything about them. Just as an electoral urn is being parachuted from the sky, a young woman disembarks on the beach. To the soldier's bafflement, it turns out that she is in charge of the mobile electoral seat and voting on the islands; therefore the soldier is obliged to obey her orders and escort her with his rifle and army jeep across … More

Rating: G (
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Babak Karimi, Babak Payami
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 7, 2003
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Critic Reviews for Secret Ballot

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (23)

A psychic journey deep into the very fabric of Iranian ... life.

September 13, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

A comedy that provides serious testament to the arduous, often dreary, always imperfect work of democracy.

September 13, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Beautiful to watch and holds a certain charm.

Full Review… | September 6, 2002
Miami Herald
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The filmmaker's greatest achievement is that he avoids preaching or taking sides and deftly proves that the weightiest issues can still come tinged with humor and irony.

September 6, 2002
Boston Globe
Top Critic

A beguiling, slow-moving parable about the collision of past and present on a remote seacoast in Iran.

Full Review… | August 30, 2002
Globe and Mail
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There has been much puzzlement among critics about what the election symbolizes. I believe the message is in the messenger: The agent is a woman.

Full Review… | August 30, 2002
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Secret Ballot

If there is any humor, I did not find it. I like the story. The characters are a little bland and predictable. I enjoyed it overall.


The subtle humor between the agent and the soldier is great. A little slow-paced (but it's not an American film, so spending three minutes watching someone walk from point A to point B back to A again with no reason is a surprise) but a fun little journey to watch.

Jeremy !

An interesting film that follows one woman that is commissioned to seek out the inhabitants of an Iranian island to gain votes in an election that takes place once every four years. An annoyed military escort gains an unexpected level of respect for the woman in the end. Slow and mildly funny though presents real life struggles.

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