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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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Safar Samandar
as Azari Soldier
Shayesteh Irani
as Smoking Girl
M. Kheyrabadi
as Mashadi Soldier
Ida Sadeghi
as Girl Soccer Player
Golnaz Farmani
as Girl with Chador
Mahnaz Zabihi
as Soldier Girl
M. Kheymeh Kabood
as Tehrani Soldier
Mohsen Tanabandeh
as Ticket Seller
Reza Farhadi
as Old Man
M. R. Gharadaghi
as Boy with Firecrackers
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Critic Reviews for Offside

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (27)

Exhilarating, exuberant and drolly funny.

August 4, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4

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

June 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.

April 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

Super Reviewer

Well-meaning and well-worn in equal measure.

William Goss
William Goss

Super Reviewer


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

Super Reviewer

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