Two Women (Do Zan) (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

Two Women (Do Zan) (1999)




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Writer and director Tahmineh Milani presents a feminist message which is unusually strong for an Iranian film -- so much so that it took seven years for the screenplay to be passed by state censors. Do Zan/Two Women concerns two friends who meet while attending college in Tehran, Fereshteh (Niki Karimi) and Roya (Marila Zare'i). Fereshteh is being stalked by an obviously psychotic young man, who has threatened her at knife-point. Fereshteh tries to laugh it off, telling the lunatic that she and Roya are too strong to be threatened by him. One day, however, the stalker becomes convinced Fereshteh's visiting cousin is actually her boyfriend; enraged, he throws acid into the cousin's face. Fereshteh's father, convinced she has disgraced the family, takes her away from school and back to their home in the country. The stalker is not so easily thrown off course; he follows Fereshteh home and implicates her in a serious traffic accident that lands her in jail. Roya is able to go on to a happy life with a fulfilling job and stable marriage, while Fereshteh must fight simply to be treated as a human being. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Two Women (Do Zan)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Two Women deals in the details of daily life in post-revolutionary Iran: In the unspoken ways that a woman's duties, her clothing, her behavior, who she speaks to, what she says, all express her servitude in a male-dominated society.

Full Review… | November 13, 2001
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

It's an incredible story about the unimaginable suffering of one woman...

Full Review… | January 27, 2003
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

With The Hidden Half, is worth watching because of the political stir and the quality of the storytelling in both films

Full Review… | November 2, 2002
Movie Habit

The whiney, argumentative tone between Fereshteh and her father, then with her husband... becomes tiresome and erodes sympathy

January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Two Women (Do Zan)

A little too melodramatic and repetitive for my tastes, but Two Women has some interesting things to say about the roles of women in Iran and the power structure.

Caleb McCandless
Caleb McCandless

This film is a look into the life of a "traditional" Iranian woman and her relationship with family, friends, and her husband. It is very depressing. The weight of tradition can be felt.

Deneb Kaitos
Deneb Kaitos

(*** 1/2): [img][/img] From the director of [i]The Hidden Half[/i], comes a extremely well-made film with great acting, story and some surprisingly thrilling moments. Easily one of the better Iranian films out there.


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