as Young Boy Storyteller
as Group Leader
as Marriage Registrar
as Match Maker
as Old Man
as The Boy Porter
as Little Girl
Critic Reviews for Blackboards
When I first saw Blackboards three years ago I was surprised as well as puzzled that in some ways it reminded me of John Ford's 1950 western Wagon Master.
Reeboir varies between a sweet smile and an angry bark, while Said attempts to wear down possible pupils through repetition. It has no affect on the Kurds, but it wore me down.
There's no denying the strength of these simple images, and the bleak message of learning to sort out your real priorities in times of strife.
Audience Reviews for Blackboards
With its frustratingly persistent repetition, it's easy to write Blackboards off, but beneath the slog, there's an at-least-interesting movie lurking. The film does a decent job of aligning the viewer with its protagonists, traveling teachers searching for students in the stark Iranian landscape. The titular teaching tools take on multiple purposes and have the least utility when being employed for their intended purposes. With a jarring grittiness and verity that recall Neorealism, the film's urgency is more pronounced than it would be in a slicker package, meaning the message comes out strong and mostly clear, even if the same adjectives can't be rightfully assigned to the film as a whole.
Samira is a very interesting director. like her movies, i find you like her or you dont. i am in like!!
The role of Halaleh is now pretty much my favorite role in all movies of all time. Ever. All time. *And the director is a 20-year-old female*.
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