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The Deserted Station Reviews

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Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine
May 7, 2007
A sweet, little unpretentious slice-of-life flick from Iran which, while highlighting the arid region's visually-arresting, utter desolation, ever so subtly hints at the tension between a simmering feminism and traditional Muslim values.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
January 12, 2007
Excessively enigmatic, Deserted Station nevertheless provides an allegory for modern-day Iran.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
February 18, 2006
Kiarostami and Raisian conjure up the oppressive miasma clinging to women and kids in patriarchal Iran . . . offers startling images . . . [a] stubbornly ambiguous film.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 11, 2004
It's not often you encounter a film that's simultaneously as tedious and moving as The Deserted Station.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 3, 2004
Like all of Iranian cinema, Deserted Station is marked by unaffected, neo-realist performances, particularly by Nezam Manouchehri as the testy and uncertain husband, and Leila Hatami as his quietly sad wife.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
December 3, 2004
The sweet script, crisp direction and a delightful performance by Leila Hatami, as the sad-eyed wife, should put Deserted Station on your must-see list.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Robert Dominguez
New York Daily News
December 3, 2004
A poignant parable about the role of women in Islamic society.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 2, 2004
A bluntly heart-tugging city-mouse, country-mouse fable from Iran.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
December 2, 2004
Intimate and engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
November 30, 2004
It is filled with feeling and far from sentimental or cloying, with a beautiful score enhancing the melancholia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Leslie Camhi
Village Voice
November 30, 2004
Hardcore Kiarostami devotees may miss the master's harsher clarity, but Hatami, best known for her starring role in Dariush Mehrjui's Leila, makes her character's inner transformation both subtle and palpable.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
November 19, 2004
This deeply humanistic drama is strongly reminiscent of the earlier, less self-referential films of Abbas Kiarostami.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

E! Online
November 19, 2004
Heavy on symbolic visuals and told in slowly and quietly unfolding nonevent action, it's a moving and gentle study of lingering grief and sexual politics.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
November 2, 2004
A spare plot that's 'relaxed' if 'relaxed' means that it moves as quickly as molasses climbing up a tree in January.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 2, 2004
It's a simple enough setup, but Raisian packs so much into it that multiple viewings may be necessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
July 2, 2004
For filmgoers who like dramas that are spare yet evocative, that focus on the subtleties of relationships, and that feature foreign settings completely off the beaten path, Deserted Station will be a masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jon Alon Walz
Boxoffice Magazine
April 3, 2004
A modern gem of Iran's always interesting filmmaking industry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jamie Russell
BBC.com
April 3, 2004
Melancholy, tender, and charged with rich symbolic power, it's a muted yet strangely fragile film that's as much about Middle Eastern womanhood as the horrors of parental bereavement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Fred Camper
Chicago Reader
April 3, 2004
The film's relaxed pace, unassuming tone, and respect for its characters all recall the films of Abbas Kiarostami, who provided the story idea, but director Ali Reza Raisian adds a slightly more dramatic and emotional edge.

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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