Iron Island Reviews

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May 4, 2010
Visually pleasing in its mythic images, and it's heartfelt narrative is both stirring and poetic.
February 22, 2007
This resonant fable proves again that art flourishes in unlikely places, under the most restrictive conditions.
August 25, 2006
Like the great Iranian filmmakers, Rasoulof has no use for the artificiality of heightened drama. He opts, instead, for a more universal humanism, which is a better teaching tool.
July 21, 2006
A galloping fable full of offbeat characters and entertaining moments.
July 21, 2006
A captivating socio-political allegory with the air of satire as well as fable, Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof's Iron Island has an Orwellian sting.
July 20, 2006
But behind the utopian fairy tale is the genial authoritarianism... Ambivalence has rarely been made so lyrical and lovely.
July 13, 2006
Conflicts, contrasts and apparent paradoxes lap away under the surface, beautifully shot by cinematographer Reza Jallali . . . Iron Island has an eerie, elemental beauty.
June 30, 2006
This is a potent social allegory from Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof, told with humor and a feeling of mystery.
June 22, 2006
Dramatically engrossing and visually enthralling.
May 26, 2006
The graceful film by Mohammad Rasoulof balances the residents' humdrum daily lives with magical, dreamlike moments that provide hope where hope often has no place.
May 23, 2006
'Iron Island' provides no comforting answers, choosing instead to remain ambiguous...
April 21, 2006
Iran's recent growlings under its new president make such a film as Iron Island all the more remarkable.
April 21, 2006
A harrowing, one-of-a-kind movie.
April 20, 2006
There is a whole teeming city on this derelict boat, and watching everyone doing their jobs (many of which involve taking the ship apart and selling the pieces as scrap metal) is quite involving.
April 20, 2006
A thrilling example of the cunning political allegory woven into vivid concretism that invigorates contemporary Iranian cinema.
April 19, 2006
A powerful political allegory.
April 6, 2006
This is what cinema is about. Taking the viewer into a completely alien world and trying to make some sense out of it.
April 5, 2006
Despite technical and story deficiencies, this is a film that's as well intentioned as its complex central figure.
March 31, 2006
Mohammad Rasoulof's heartfelt and darkly comic second feature proves beyond any doubt that Iranian film is still alive and well.
March 31, 2006
The amorphous meaning of Iron Island doesn't seem to be so much a typical meta-fiction dodge, demanding that the audience provide the meaning, as a genuine interest in possibility.
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