No One Knows About Persian Cats (Les Chats Persans)


No One Knows About Persian Cats (Les Chats Persans) (2010)


Critic Consensus: Bringing a dose of humor and a fresh perspective to a very serious subject, No One Knows About Persian Cats is an exhilarating, quietly powerful tribute to the courage of Iran's underground musicians.


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Recently released from prison, two young musicians decide to form a band. Together they search the underworld of contemporary Tehran for other players. Forbidden by the authorities to play in Iran, they plan to escape from their clandestine existence, and dream of performing in Europe. But with no money and no passports, it won't be easy... -- (C) IFC

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Critic Reviews for No One Knows About Persian Cats (Les Chats Persans)

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (18)

An appealing cast of aspiring young musicians ostensibly play themselves in this naive, shapeless, but often fascinating 2009 drama.

Dec 30, 2010 | Full Review…

No One Knows About Persian Cats ends on a sudden note of tragedy that almost ruins the exuberant spirit of everything that has preceded it.

May 19, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Ghobadi has emerged as a filmmaker whose gift for poetic realism was only equaled by an unerring sense of precisely when and how to break the viewer's heart.

May 14, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Over and over, the movie stops in its tracks to listen to musicians play, offering witness to their travails and ingenuity.

May 13, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
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The underground music scene in Tehran comes to life in all these different sort of clandestine studio scenes.

May 10, 2010

A winning and celebratory look at Tehran's distressed rock musicians.

May 7, 2010 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for No One Knows About Persian Cats (Les Chats Persans)


Since music was first invented, young people have wanted to put on a show. That's no less true in the spirited movie, "No One Knows about Persian Cats," which is based on real incidents. The only problem for the protagonists is that they live in Tehran where such happenings are seriously frowned upon and the musicians face jail time if caught. So, Negar(Negar Shaghaghi) and Askhan(Ashkan Koshanejad) want out, preferably to London but Ashkan is lacking a passport. So, they go to Nader(Hamed Behdad), a fixer/bootlegger who not only finds them a guitarist but also a counterfeiter. Now, they could also use another woman singer since the rules forbid Negar from being the only female singer in a band for a concert they are planning to put on to raise the necessary funds. They are not the only musicians affected as the movie tours the Tehran music scene which is mostly literally underground, as the musicians find creative places to practice(But, oh, those poor cows!), with music that ranges from traditional to heavy metal to rap. While I ordinarily find music videos in films to be beyond cliche, here it works well.(The highlight here is the one for a rap song called "A City Where Everything You See Entices You.") Even though "No One Knows about Persian Cats" can be a little pedantic and overstated at times in railing against the injustices of the system(That probably explains the scene with the dog.), it still has plenty to say about the post-revolutionary generation. They are simply trying to express themselves, not rebelling necessarily(although Nader has a photo of Marlon Brando from "The Wild One" on his wall), with ironically western influences, and who as the film states, the country is in danger of losing.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Decent music, but it took all I had to just stay awake during this film. My god, could they have made it any more slow moving?? sheesh

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


The music is the true star of this movie and it doesn't disappoint there, showing us in an almost documentary style about the struggles of Iranian citizens to express themselves through art. A very interesting look into a different culture - I justh wish the ending were different since I found it unnecessary and there are many ways the idea of it could have been expressed better.

Quinto Wallight
Quinto Wallight

Super Reviewer


There's much more to iranian underground music & the film doesn't really delve into its subject matter, It's short on story & character developement & it seems that it doesn't care & only wants to send a message, It features a showcase of talent with sequences of somehow frustrating daily life & althouth it tries not to feel forced or melodramatic it fails at times specially in its ending which is awful imo, Overall the film has its great moments & I respect the effort

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

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