Shirin (2009)



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A hundred and fourteen famous Iranian theater and cinema actresses and a French star: mute spectators at a theatrical representation of Khosrow and Shirin, a Persian poem from the 12th century, put on stage by Kiarostami. The development of the text -- long a favorite in Persia and the Middle East--remains invisible to the viewer of the film, the whole story is told by the faces of the women watching the show.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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On DVD: Aug 24, 2010



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Critic Reviews for Shirin

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

A unique movie viewing experience.

Full Review… | October 9, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

(Kiarostami) studies the roadmap of the face, faces of women both young and old, faces framed by head scarves that are limned by the flickering light of the faux movie screen.

Full Review… | September 7, 2010
Movie Metropolis

The melodramatic, passionate "Shirin" story drives everything forward, and gazing at the faces of these amazing women can be a compelling experience in itself.

Full Review… | August 27, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Shirin


This is a powerful use of basic film techniques, such as the close-up. This, combined with very subtle acting techniques make is a truly compelling film to watch.

Director, Abbas Kiarostami has created a wonderful piece around many actresses who watch an adaptation of a 12-century Persian fable.

The cast, with Juliette Binoche and Niki Karimi are quite engaging

Adelle Cohen

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