The Circle (Dayereh) (2001)



Critic Consensus: Bleak, yet powerful, The Circle offers a searing indictment of the oppressive conditions experienced by women in Iran.

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A look at the world of seven women in Iran, searching for themselves while struggling with everyday oppression. Having been released from prison only to find themselves confined by the world outside.
Art House & International , Drama
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Winstar Cinema


Monir Arab
as Ticket seller
Mojgan Faramarzi
as Prostitute
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Critic Reviews for The Circle (Dayereh)

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (21)

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Full Review… | January 13, 2011
Wall Street Journal
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Full Review… | June 5, 2008
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

An impressive piece of work, especially considering it was made in a barren artistic climate overseen by a censorious government.

September 13, 2001
Dallas Morning News
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August 31, 2001
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Just like Tomb Raider, it is fiction. It just unfortunately comes a lot closer than the American film to the truth of how its female characters live.

June 15, 2001
Houston Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for The Circle (Dayereh)


It is an intensely subtle and complex film. One roots for the main characters before their stories are even revealed.

Lucie Roberts
Lucie Roberts

Undoubtedly,it's one of the top 10 films of 2000.Justification knows no boundaries and female,psychological suffering is excellently displayed on this film.Real drama,nothing fake to cover the truth.Panahi eluding his road to "sacrilegious perdition" contrary to the customs of Iran,we can say with certainty it's a universal journey.A journey disastrous through the looking glass of a handful of women.

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

Be in the right mood to see this. It is one of umpteen depictions of women coping in fundamentalist Islamic states but it happens to be one of the better ones.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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