Manuscripts Don't Burn


Manuscripts Don't Burn (2014)


Critic Consensus: Brave, challenging, and brimming with rage, Manuscripts Don't Burn is a political statement as much as it is a gripping thriller.


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This highly charged political thriller draws on real events to tell a unfortunately common tale or repression in contemporary Iran. Kasra, an Iranian author who's been secretly writing his memoirs, is under strict monitoring by the country's security service. His stories are related to his time in jail as a political prisoner and to other events connected to his life as an intellectual in Iran. After preparing his writings to be published as a book, Kasra gets ready to leave the country - but the security service apparatus uncovers his plan before he leaves the country. Next on their agenda: destroy his manuscripts. (C) Kino Lorber

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Critic Reviews for Manuscripts Don't Burn

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (9)

The result asserts the two-headed truism: Artists in many countries will always find grim, sometimes deadly opposition, and those same artists will continue to risk everything to remain alive inside.

Feb 12, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Unlike Rasoulof and Panahi's previous, more metaphorical films, this one confronts its subject head-on with unflinching candor.

Aug 21, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

A fairly gripping thriller, and Rasoulof's most angry work to date.

Jun 25, 2014 | Full Review…

Mohammad Rasoulof's slow-burning, clandestinely made fifth feature is a brave, challenging look at Iran's feared security apparatus.

Jun 25, 2014 | Full Review…
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Its chilly, muted colors, claustrophobic framings and understated performances by an excellent cast recall '70s American suspensers such as "The Conversation" and "Klute."

Jun 13, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A slow-motion explosion of anti-authoritarian rage.

Jun 12, 2014 | Full Review…

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