Unveiled (2005)



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Fariba, prosecuted in Iran because of her love for a women, flees to Germany. But, her application for asylum is turned down. Her desperate prospects are improved by the suicide of her fellow-inmate Siamak: she assumes his identity and using his temporary permit of sojourn, is send to a province village. At first glance her survival seems to be assured, but in the refugee home she is obliged to uphold her male disguise in cramped quarters and a single mistake could blow up her cover. In order to pay for forged documents, she takes an illegal job in a sauerkraut factory, where she meets Anne, who is very solicitous about Siamak's well-being and derives some kind of pleasure from the strange foreigner. While spending more and more time together, they become dangerously close and Anne begins to suspect Fariba's true identity.
Art House & International , Drama
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Critic Reviews for Unveiled

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (7)

[A] condemnation of German immigration practices as well as official Iranian intolerance toward love between women.

November 23, 2005
New York Observer
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Tabatabai delivers a strong performance and the script, although not always plausible, touches on important issues like bias against gays and Muslims.

November 18, 2005
New York Post
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The parts are more valuable than the whole in Angelina Maccarone's Unveiled.

Full Review… | November 18, 2005
New York Daily News
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Unveiled tells the story of an Iranian translator who flees her homeland after falling in love with a married woman, only to be refused asylum in Germany.

November 17, 2005
New York Times
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[A] serious and well-paced drama.

November 17, 2005
Top Critic

Unveiled overflows with sociopolitical outrage even if its portrayal of a gender-confused heroine is ultimately indecisive and laconic.

Full Review… | November 15, 2005
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Unveiled

This film is refreshing in the way it's something so different from the usual lesbian romances. A plot that begins with an Iranian woman disguising herself as a man in order to avoid persecution is already heavier than the usual light-hearted fare. The protagonist really can pass for a man with the right hair and make-up, but what's even more important is that the relationship between Fariba and Anne is believable. It doesn't come out of nowhere, but rather, the feelings between them develop slowly, which makes sense considering both women have their reasons for not wanting to become attached. It's the rest of the story that might require some suspension of disbelief. The beginning in particular is rather far-fetched, and I didn't buy the ending, but in between there's still a compelling drama here that shouldn't be ignored.

Alyssa Nolan
Alyssa Nolan

Unveiled is a powerful story of survival, prejudice and love that reminds me also of the movie Boys Don't Cry" because of the situation of the lead character. The story is totally realistic and credible, exposing the intolerance of Muslin nations, in this case Iran, with lesbians. The direction of an unknown ( for me) Angelina Maccarone is sensitive, never letting the dramatic situation of Fariba being corny. The performances of Jasmin Tabatabai and Anneke Kim Sarnau are outstanding, and they show great chemistry in a beautiful and sad love story.

Daisy  Maduro
Daisy Maduro

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Well done story of alienation and having to hide one's true nature in order to survive day to day. Jasmin Tabatabai plays a woman fleeing persecution and possible death in her native Iran for loving the wrong person. She adopts the persona of a troubled young man who dies at the detention center where they are being held and tries to make her way in rural Germany. She faces prejudice and hatred even before anyone figures out who she really is. Heartrendingly sad, but a good mirror of society both in Germany and in our own US of A. Highlights the need we all have for affection and approval.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

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