Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015)
Critic Consensus: 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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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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Jafar Panahi's Taxi
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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