3 Faces (2019)


Critic Consensus: Observational, insightful, and ultimately powerful, 3 Faces adds another quietly thought-provoking chapter to writer-director Jafar Panahi's filmography.

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Well-known actress Behnaz Jafari is distraught by a provincial girl's video plea for help--oppressed by her family to not pursue her studies at the Tehran drama conservatory. Behnaz abandons her shoot and turns to filmmaker Jafar Panahi to help solve the mystery of the young girl's troubles. They travel by car to the rural northwest where they have amusing encounters with the charming folk of the girl's mountain village. But the city visitors soon discover that the protection of age-old traditions is as generous as local hospitality...


Behnaz Jafari
as Behnaz Jafari
Jafar Panahi
as Jafar Panahi
Marziyeh Rezaei
as Marziyeh Rezaei

Critic Reviews for 3 Faces

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (10)

The first hour of 3 Faces is remarkable, featuring some of Panahi's best filmmaking, but it slips through his fingers in the final act.

Sep 7, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a film full of delicate metaphors and gentle humour.

Sep 5, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

With "3 Faces," the caged Panahi is determined to sing someone else's song, and in times like these, such generosity of spirit is its own quietly fierce act of cinematic defiance.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

As fascinating as it may be, the mystery is something of a red herring: Panahi is interested more in exploring the subtle dynamic between himself and Jafari...

May 30, 2018 | Full Review…

"3 Faces" may be modest and low-key on the surface, but its surprises are worth preserving, its insights casually profound.

May 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Although 3 Faces is far from Panahi's best work, it's still a solid primer on how much a skilled filmmaker can achieve with very few resources.

May 15, 2018 | Full Review…

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