Women Without Men (Zanan-e bedun-e mardan) Reviews

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March 26, 2021
A great film that's aging well, a work of art that sends the same messages a dozen years after its creation
August 5, 2019
The true accomplishment here is that Neshat gives voice to the voiceless, and Women Without Men is an impassioned cry for freedom that echoes across generations.
November 5, 2018
Although uneven in patches, this is a pertinent work on female resilience, made with an array of images painstakingly constructed for insightful social, political and artistic commentary.
June 17, 2013
Neshat's images are startling in their sensual immediacy and aesthetic nuance.
October 8, 2010
The images are vivid, their meanings much less so.
July 19, 2010
A poetic, impressionistic portrait of four women tangentially caught up in the political turmoil.
July 9, 2010
Its elegiac mood and chiaroscuro beauty are hard to shake.
July 6, 2010
A work of real beauty.
July 6, 2010
Heavy with symbolism and beautifully composed, it's in a traditional art house mode far removed from the quizzical, innovative, subtly subversive films that Iranian directors have been making under extraordinary pressures this past quarter of a century.
July 6, 2010
Eloquent film illuminates Iranian history from a female point of view.
July 1, 2010
It's a celebration of women's resilience in the face of absolute patriarchy, an oppression that's felt on personal, cultural, and political levels.
June 16, 2010
It is implacably in favour of women without in any way straining for effect.
June 10, 2010
With this debut feature, the photographer-turned-director Shirin Neshat has made a picture with vision, poetry, sexual frankness and historical sinew.
June 10, 2010
A film that buckles under the weight of a grand ambition becomes a muddied if not entirely missed opportunity.
May 27, 2010
It seduces us with imagery and metaphor.
May 15, 2010
Quietly engrossing, lyrical and visually sumptuous without veering toward melodrama or pretension.
May 14, 2010
The film surpasses even Michael Haneke's White Ribbon in the fierce beauty and precision of its cinematography.
May 14, 2010
Striking imagery of dreamy set pieces and aching sympathy make up for the formulistic relationships and characterizations.
May 13, 2010
The movie began life as a series of museum pieces, and it retains the transportive effect of a well-conceived exhibit.
May 13, 2010
Elegant, often moving.
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