Secret Ballot (2002)



Critic Consensus: A moderately funny comedy that will reward patient viewers.

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A soldier stationed on a deserted beach wakes up and discovers that it's not going to be an ordinary day: there are the elections, but nobody seems to know anything about them. Just as an electoral urn is being parachuted from the sky, a young woman disembarks on the beach. To the soldier's bafflement, it turns out that she is in charge of the mobile electoral seat and voting on the islands; therefore the soldier is obliged to obey her orders and escort her with his rifle and army jeep across the desert, where the woman obstinately intends to collect the votes. During the day, stressed by a series of absurd events, the two learn to get to know each other. At sunset, when the young woman leaves, the man realizes that the secret vote contained much more than he had ever imagined.
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Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Nassim Abdi
as The Girl
Cyrus Abidi
as The Soldier
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Critic Reviews for Secret Ballot

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (20)

A psychic journey deep into the very fabric of Iranian ... life.

September 13, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

A comedy that provides serious testament to the arduous, often dreary, always imperfect work of democracy.

September 13, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Beautiful to watch and holds a certain charm.

Full Review… | September 6, 2002
Miami Herald
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The filmmaker's greatest achievement is that he avoids preaching or taking sides and deftly proves that the weightiest issues can still come tinged with humor and irony.

September 6, 2002
Boston Globe
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A beguiling, slow-moving parable about the collision of past and present on a remote seacoast in Iran.

Full Review… | August 30, 2002
Globe and Mail
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There has been much puzzlement among critics about what the election symbolizes. I believe the message is in the messenger: The agent is a woman.

Full Review… | August 30, 2002
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Secret Ballot

If there is any humor, I did not find it. I like the story. The characters are a little bland and predictable. I enjoyed it overall.

Jennifer M
Jennifer M

The subtle humor between the agent and the soldier is great. A little slow-paced (but it's not an American film, so spending three minutes watching someone walk from point A to point B back to A again with no reason is a surprise) but a fun little journey to watch.

Jeremy !
Jeremy !

Nassim Abdi is so loveable and admirable in this. The really unique thing about it is that we never know her political beliefs, just that she feels strongly about the democratic process. Her relationship with the soldier is really fun:)

Lisa Kretschman
Lisa Kretschman

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