Thursday, January 13, 2011
Alan Smithee is aware that what The Man tells us about the country of Iran does not square with what he knows of Iran from the films of Abbas Kiarostami, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Jafar Panahi, and others. A viewing of Kiarostami's Ten (2002) should be enough to throw doubt on The Man's current characterization of Iran. Americans in particular should be wary when anyone equates the character of a nation with the policies of its government.
The film captures ten conversations between a female driver in Tehran and the passengers in her car. No one is chasing her and nothing explodes. There is no nudity. The soundtrack contains no Indie pop. A voiceover is not present to explain things. You will have to do some paying attention and maybe some thinking with this one.
Yes, the entire film takes place in a single day inside one woman's car, but why should that stop you from watching it? New and different things can be scary, but Alan Smithee knows you can do it!