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Roozi ke zan shodam (The Day I Became a Woman) (2001)

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Critic Consensus: Meshkini has made an excellent contribution to Iranian cinema with this poetic, emotionally poignant film.

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Directed by Marzieh Meshkini, wife of acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf, this film tells three intertwined tales of women's struggle for identity in their native country, from the young to the elderly. Episode one, entitled "Havva," concerns a young girl on the morning of her ninth birthday. Against her better wishes, she is forced to stay home, away from her best friend who has asked her to play with him, due to her mother and grandmother's proclamation that she is now a woman. Learning she was born at noon, the young girl requests one more hour to do what she wishes so she can be a girl one last time. Episode two, entitled "Ahoo," follows a young woman who is being pursued on horseback by her stern husband, whom she is fleeing on bicycle in the midst of a women's biking race. Soon, her in-laws and relatives are also pursuing her, and she must make a quick decision about whether or not to return to family life. The final episode, called "Houra," follows an elderly woman who enlists the help of a young boy and his friends to take her on a shopping spree, where she intends to buy all of the things she has ever wanted out of life.

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Critic Reviews for Roozi ke zan shodam (The Day I Became a Woman)

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (24)

A hauntingly simple, profound and beautiful movie.

May 11, 2001
Houston Chronicle
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What appears on the screen has a starkness that is almost indelible.

April 16, 2001
New York Times
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Creates a flow of symbolism so potent, so transporting in its physicality, that its impact all but transcends its righteous liberal 'meaning.'

Full Review… | April 13, 2001
Entertainment Weekly
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This film catapults Meshkini into the 'Someone to Watch' category.

April 9, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
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Short on drama but long on poetry.

Full Review… | April 6, 2001
Washington Post
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An episodic drama rich in sly humor and symbolic imagery.

Full Review… | April 6, 2001
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Roozi ke zan shodam (The Day I Became a Woman)

Taking snapshots of three women in various places in life, Meshkini creates a strong statement on the need for feminism in an oppressive, patriarchal Iranian culture.

Reece Leonard
Reece Leonard
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Fellini-esque and beautiful. The middle bike race segment is a classic, and the final segment is simply transcendent.

michael lyons
michael lyons

An intriguing glimpse into the lives of three women and the situations that they find themselves in.

Leo L
Leo L

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