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Women Without Men Review


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Artfully shot and directed, this film explores the events surrounding Iran's momentous 1953 coup. Even though we may struggle to fully understand what the filmmaker is saying, it's involving and utterly unforgettable.

Four women are struggling to cope with their place in Tehran society as their country is going through serious political upheaval. Almost 30, Munis (Toloui) lives with her brother (Zahir), who insists that she find a husband even though she doesn't want one. Her young friend Faezeh (Ferydoni) is trying to do everything the correct way; Zarin (Toth) is trapped working in a brothel. And at nearly 50, Fakhri (Shahrzad) leaves her husband (Tehrani) to open an orchard that becomes an oasis for the other women to escape their restricted lives.

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The Day I Became a Woman Review


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A movie called The Day I Became a Woman can only be about one of two things. Either it's going to star a young girl who is coming of age or a guy who's getting a sex change operation.

Surprise, on this Day we get three (genuine) women all going through various life experiences. They can be nearly meaningless -- a nine year old girl is given one hour to play on the morning of her birthday. They can mean the end of life as you know it -- a married woman is verbally divorced by her husband when she refuses to stop riding her beloved bicycle. And they can be perplexingly final -- a very old lady spends her life savings on all new appliances, sets them up on a beach, and then puts them all on rafts as she sets sail for a boat that doesn't exist.

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