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

July 6, 2010
The director's use of blatantly artificial devices - characters gliding along the ground, fast-breaking dawns - detaches her film from its strongest sources of turbulence and despair.
July 6, 2010
The script jettisons most of the book's more powerful sections, upping the political angle and inexplicably eliminating motivations that made the strongly feminist story, rich in symbolism, so intriguing.
June 9, 2010
Women without Men is a series of tableaux to which no one brought the vivants.
June 4, 2010
Neshat seems more interested in making a statement and wrapping it in heavy melodrama.
June 3, 2010
Women Without Men has compelling stretches, but the film's formal concerns overwhelm the storytelling.
May 21, 2010
A movie with honorable intentions that is hobbled by its magical realist origins that put exposition and character development at the bottom of its concerns.
May 12, 2010
Set in a seething 1953 Tehran, this is the kind of film that shouts its plot developments from urgent radio broadcasts.
May 11, 2010
With its beautiful images and its overwhelming gravitas, it feels like a movie with a message. Unfortunately, on the way to delivering that message, it becomes weighted down by its own dreary self-importance.
April 30, 2010
The material is so relentlessly dark -- suicide, rape, eating disorders and repression all have a home here -- that the film will satisfy only Iranian history buffs and devoted Neshat fans.
April 8, 2010
For all its formal pleasures, I found watching Women Without Men to be a frustratingly uninvolving experience.
April 2, 2010
It's an archly poetic, earnestly symbolic treatise trying awfully hard to be an important picture, but not succeeding.