Jafar Panahi's Taxi

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Jafar Panahi's Taxi offers another round of trenchant societal commentary from a director whose entire filmography stands as a daring act of dissent.



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This lauded slice-of-life movie stars exiled Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi as he poses as a taxi driver in Tehran, in this series of portraits of everyday characters hiring his driving services.


Jafar Panahi
as Jafar Panahi, Taxifahrer

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Critic Reviews for Jafar Panahi's Taxi

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  • iven the option, Panahi might prefer to move onto fresh material -- but as man and artist, he seems to be surviving as well as could be hoped.

    Dec 22, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Panahi's status as a martyr for his art could have gulled him into loftiness and pride; and yet, by some miracle, Taxi stays as modest as his smile, the point being not to recruit us to his cause but to put us on the side of his compatriots.

    Dec 8, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Taxi is easily the director's most accessible work to date.

    Nov 13, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Jafar Panahi's Taxi looks onto a world where the social order and the spiritual order are at odds, in flux, where the conversations are sometimes cutting, sometimes comic, sometimes troubled, sometimes profound.

    Nov 5, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A sly, subversive stand in favour of empathy.

    Oct 30, 2015 | Rating: 5/5
  • Panahi looks for new perspectives everywhere he goes, and this search reflects his unwavering devotion to cinema, which has the power to transmit those perspectives to the world.

    Oct 29, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jafar Panahi's Taxi

  • Oct 01, 2015
    VIFF Review: "Jafar Panahi's Taxi" is yet another film that writer/director Jafar Panahi has been able to make despite having a 20 year ban from making films in Iran. Here he poses as a taxi driver and films his interactions with all the characters who come in and out of his taxi. It's great Indie Cinema that would connect with most North American audiences if only they would give foreign films a chance. Though, for people who don't mind reading subtitles and like character driven and dialogue heavy films, you must see this. It's an interesting idea and he explores many aspects of cinema. It's got great laughs, dramatic moments, it's meta and self aware, and it even comments on the Iranian government and the ban on Jafar Panahi which mainly comes out in the conversations between himself and his 10 year old niece who also happens to be the best character in the film. The camera also never leaves the taxi. Jafar Panahi has two in the taxi: one up from that he can move around and a static one in the back, but he also uses footage from a passenger's phone and another passenger's handheld camera. Overall, this is a large social commentary that shows a variety of people in Iran while having a blast with the conventions of cinema. A quick film and a great one. SEE IT!
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2015
    Panahi dodges his 20-year ban in secrecy with this revealing and highly provocative piece of cinema verité that says a lot about Iranian society in general and even finds the most perfect moment to comment on the absurd censorship rules imposed on artistic freedom in Iran.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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