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Jafar Panahi's Taxi offers another round of trenchant societal commentary from a director whose entire filmography stands as a daring act of dissent.
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iven the option, Panahi might prefer to move onto fresh material -- but as man and artist, he seems to be surviving as well as could be hoped.
Panahi's status as a martyr for his art could have gulled him into loftiness and pride; and yet, by some miracle, Taxi stays as modest as his smile, the point being not to recruit us to his cause but to put us on the side of his compatriots.
Taxi is easily the director's most accessible work to date.
Jafar Panahi's Taxi looks onto a world where the social order and the spiritual order are at odds, in flux, where the conversations are sometimes cutting, sometimes comic, sometimes troubled, sometimes profound.
Panahi looks for new perspectives everywhere he goes, and this search reflects his unwavering devotion to cinema, which has the power to transmit those perspectives to the world.
Those who've followed Panahi's career over the decades will catch echoes of and references to his earlier movies, and at times "Taxi" is as much a tour of his filmography as it is of Tehran.
Panahi's taxi-cam is a sort of consciousness, unable to stop searching, capturing and presenting the truth.
Taxi is not an act of sadness but of joy-and not the joy of a good meal or getting a deal on an automobile. This is a humanist's joy.
Jafar Panahi proves he's truly an artist bent on showing his creative habilities. [Full review in Spanish]
A fun mix of documentary and fiction that happens entirely on the inside of a taxi. [Full review in Spanish]
A political manifesto about freedom, creativity, dreams, and the futility of human existence. [Full review in Spanish]
Maybe it's not the best movie there is, but Panahi's artistic value is undeniable. [Full review in Spanish]
Panahi dodges his 20-year ban in secrecy with this revealing and highly provocative piece of cinema verité that says a lot about Iranian society in general and even finds the most perfect moment to comment on the absurd censorship rules imposed on artistic freedom in Iran.
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