3 Faces

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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...

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  • A revelatory meander through Iran's remote villages, with every detour throwing a sidelight on customs and habits shaping everyday life.

    May 1, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This is another example of how Panahi, under the guise of looking inward, is really using cinema to celebrate his connection to others.

    Apr 18, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Provocative without being hectoring.

    Mar 29, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
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  • Perhaps a little slacker than some of his previous outings, but Panahi's commitment and courage shine through.

    Mar 28, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Unquestioned patriarchal tradition and desperate responses to its oppressive power are dramatized in the Iranian director Jafar Panahi's sly and defiant metafictional road movie.

    Mar 11, 2019 | Full Review…
  • With 3 Faces, writer/director Panahi solidifies his artistic handle on his unjust situation by inventing new ways to work around it and remains, more than ever, an effortless blender of documentary and fiction through mystifying methods.

    Mar 8, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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