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Women Without Men

DIRECTED BY - Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari

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Women Without Men, an adaptation of Shahrnush Parsipur's magic realist novel of the same name, is Iranian artist Shirin Neshat's first feature length film. The story chronicles the intertwining lives of four Iranian women during the summer of 1953; a cataclysmic moment in Iranian history when an American led, British backed coup d'état brought down the democratically elected Prime Minister, Mohammad Mossadegh, and reinstalled the Shah to power.



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Film Info

RUNTIME - 99 minutes

RATING - Not Rated

YEAR - 2009

COUNTRY - Germany, France, Iran

LANGUAGE - Persian, Modern


ATTRIBUTES - Widescreen

Shabnam Toloui Munis
Orsolya Tóth Zarin
Arita Shahrzad Farrokhlagha
Pegah Ferydoni Faezah
Mehdi Moinzadeh Sarhang


Shirin Neshat


Shoja Azari


Philippe Bober


Martin Gschlacht


Shoja Azari


George Cragg



“Surpasses even Michael Haneke’s WHITE RIBBON in the fierce beauty and precision of its cinematography.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times

B+ “Neshat’s love for interactive video installations and abiding interest in Islamic feminine identity are evident in her dreamy first feature” -Entertainment Weekly

“the much-anticipated pic has striking moments comparable to the best of Neshat’s potent imagery…” -Variety

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starstarstarhalf a starWe need more female centric films like this

written by vickileecayrouse on May 27th, 2016read all my reviews

this review is from: Women Without Men (DVD)

As a filmmaker I have been wanting to see this movie for quite some time. As soon as I found it here on IndiePix I signed a subscription and watched it immediately. I was between hoping and quite sure that I would love this film; I certainly wanted to given the number of times I saw the trailer. And yet, I'm left a little confused and bereft. What's the story? I'm not sure.

The political climate is challenging for an outsider to understand; communists, a Shar, US and English Imperialists alongside a backdrop of aggressive foot soldiers which seem to mirror our female protagonists whose lives are so dire that two out of four of them die (and it appears willingly so) while the two left behind are left unsatisfied if not bitter for not having any dreams realised.

While I adored the surrealist beauty of certain shots and wonderful sound design, my mind was jagged by the edit/story which didn't always flow lucidly or easily. It's not surprising with two directors and three editors that the story lacks comprehensive adhesion. Nevertheless, what an absolute gem of a directorial debut of a female filmmaker who I shall now closely follow. Moreover, I look forward to discovering her prior and future works with great anticipation.

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starstarstarhalf a starClaiming their voices

written by alyssa on Jun 15th, 2011read all my reviews

this review is from: Women Without Men (ON DEMAND)

Women Without Men portrays the lives of four Iranian women during a time of political and social turmoil for their country. All at different stages in their lives, and struggling with separate emotional issues, the women are able to passionately display varying forms of opposition towards the lives they are meant to live. Whether it be marital issues, desire for a political voice, or a difficult self discovery, each of the women fight to understand what it is they truly want and can achieve during this time of their lives. At the same time, all of this is made even more difficult because of the state of their country.

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