The Circle (Dayereh) (2001)
Critic Consensus: Bleak, yet powerful, The Circle offers a searing indictment of the oppressive conditions experienced by women in Iran.
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Critic Reviews for The Circle (Dayereh)
An impressive piece of work, especially considering it was made in a barren artistic climate overseen by a censorious government.
Just like Tomb Raider, it is fiction. It just unfortunately comes a lot closer than the American film to the truth of how its female characters live.
A memorable and devastating indictment of the oppression facing many women in Iran.
In its brisk way, it's a devastating piece of work, and very brave too.
Profoundly dangerous to the status quo in Iran because it asks us to identify with the plight of women who have done nothing wrong except to be female.
The world it shows is both mysterious and full of menace -- yet as real as the world outside the theater.
Audience Reviews for The Circle (Dayereh)
It is an intensely subtle and complex film. One roots for the main characters before their stories are even revealed.
Undoubtedly,it's one of the top 10 films of 2000.Justification knows no boundaries and female,psychological suffering is excellently displayed on this film.Real drama,nothing fake to cover the truth.Panahi eluding his road to "sacrilegious perdition" contrary to the customs of Iran,we can say with certainty it's a universal journey.A journey disastrous through the looking glass of a handful of women.
Be in the right mood to see this. It is one of umpteen depictions of women coping in fundamentalist Islamic states but it happens to be one of the better ones.
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