Ten (2003)


Critic Consensus: Ten turns a conversational car ride into a gritty and compelling character study full of real emotion while providing an intriguing look into the lives of women in contemporary Iranian culture.


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A drama that consists of a series of ten conversations that take place between the driver of a car, a middle-class Tehran woman in her 30's, and various passengers, including her young son.


Critic Reviews for Ten

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (20)

A major minimalist departure for Kiarostami.

Jul 10, 2003 | Rating: 4/4

A very interesting film, despite structural limitations that keep it from approaching greatness.

May 9, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A rare chance for viewers to eavesdrop on everyday talk in Tehran that, although fictionalized, must approximate what really happens in Iran's busy capital.

May 9, 2003 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Ten may strain your patience but that's the high-stakes gamble of this provocative project.

May 9, 2003 | Rating: 3/4

A conceptual tour de force and a brainiac's road movie, Abbas Kiarostami's Ten goes from chilly abstraction to hot emotion in less than 60 seconds.

Apr 25, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

One of the year's finest movies.

Apr 24, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ten

For an experimental film made in such a simple and minimalist way (mostly improvised by non-professional actors), it is always fascinating to observe how it comments almost casually on many aspects of Iranian society, including the role of women from different points of view.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Totalmente realista! uma visão do mundo reprimido das mulheres iranianas. Um grande debate sobre a sociedade, que ocorre todo dentro de um carro. Prende o espectador atà (C) o fim e o faz refletir sobre as questões contemporânias. Feito de forma bem simples, o filme à (C) inspirador e maravilhoso.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Hmmm... a bit too arty for me! Filmed like a home video and entirely shot in one Iranian women's car, this film explores both Iranian and womens' life through her various passengers.

Ross Collins
Ross Collins

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic]"Ten" is a collection of digitally shot vignettes centered around an unknown driver in Iran. She is in her 30's, been divorced and remarried and has one of the most annoying children on record as one of her passengers. In each of the vignettes, there is a passenger that the driver carries on a conversation with. The movie takes place over a series of days, each of which might be a Friday.[/font] [font=Century Gothic]Nearly all of the Iranian films I have seen over the past few years I have liked. The lone exception to this is "A Taste of Cherry", also directed by Abbas Kiarostami. I now understand what I don't like about that movie - it is about a man who drives around looking for someone to help him to commit suicide. This is the most important decision this person will ever make but it is handled so matter of factly and without emotion, it's not very credible. A few years later, Kiarostami has not moved on - "Ten" is also about a random person driving around except it almost seems like a lost episode of "Taxicab Confessions". The only segment that has any resonance is one involving a prostitute. There is very little depth here. This might have worked had it been set in Los Angeles, perhaps as a comment on automobile culture. And it definitely would have helped if the whole movie had taken place during a single day.[/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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