Offside (2006)


Critic Consensus: A spirited film that explores gender politics with comedy, intelligence, and a variety of interesting characters.


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Six Iranian girls disguise themselves as boys in order to enter Tehran's Azadi Stadium to watch the 2006 World Cup Asian zone qualifier between Iran and Bahrain. However, their presence is discovered and they are arrested one by one.

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Critic Reviews for Offside

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (28)

Exhilarating, exuberant and drolly funny.

Aug 4, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4

The rare Iranian film that is not only thoughtful and thought-provoking but also a lot of fun.

Jun 15, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Offside is a slow slog through bloated scenes with little happening. Framed and shot like a crude documentary, it proceeds in long, clunky takes, as if an editor couldn't be bothered.

May 18, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Humanizes the Iranians and shows that they're just as crazy about their sports as Westerners, if not more. If anything, it proves that soccer is truly an international language, providing an arena where anyone can communicate.

May 18, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5

[Director] Panahi has perfected the art of realist filmmaking, here turning his camera on scenes that seem more improvised or captured on the fly than staged.

May 10, 2007 | Full Review…

As funny as it is sharp.

Apr 27, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Offside

Noted Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi has been sentenced to six years in jail and barred from directing and producing movies for the next 20 years, according to his lawyer. Panahi, known for his internationally acclaimed movies like 'The Circle', 'White Balloon' and 'The Mirror' on humanitarian struggles in the country, has been outspoken in his support of Iran's opposition movement, earning the wrath of the government. The filmmaker was convicted of colluding in gathering and making propaganda against the regime, lawyer Farideh Gheyrat told the Iranian state news agency, ISNA, the Guardian reported.

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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Well-meaning and well-worn in equal measure.

William Goss
William Goss

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This Movie shows some of the hardships faced by Iranian women in Iran. Very enjoyable and educational. A Must See for any women in America who thinks she has itough

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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[font=Century Gothic]In Iran, women are forbidden from attending sporting events because of the possibility of them being corrupted by the men's swearing.(In my experience, it is the other way around.)[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Directed by Jafar Panahi, "Offside" was filmed at the Iran-Bahrain 2005 World Cup qualifier where a young woman, not well disguised, tries to get inside the stadium but is stopped by soldiers and is detained along with a handful of other women who tried to gain entry. The soldiers clearly do not want to be there and take pity on their prisoners, occasionally giving updates on the game. [/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Offside" is a truly wonderful movie that somehow manages to be wildly entertaining about a very serious subject - the exclusion of women from Iranian society, focusing on sports which have the power to bring the entire country together. But the country cannot be truly whole unless women are allowed to participate fully. So, it should not be surprising that the women who are very knowledgeable about soccer risk much to show their support for their national team.[/font] [font=Century Gothic]And there is graffiti in Iran?[/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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