Thursday, January 13, 2011

Ten (2002)



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!

16 comments:

Kris said...

I never knew that Alan Smithee had ventured into Iranian cinema...

;)

Colette Amelia said...

Sounds like a great film! I will look for it. thanks!

Megan said...

I don't know if I remember how to pay attention. Thinking has long gone by the wayside...

Ronda Laveen said...

I always like to stick it to The Man when possible.

Coffee Messiah said...

A perfect 10 4 this review ; )

Brian Miller said...

sounds very interesting. will have to check this one out. thanks for the review and adding to TT!

Wings said...

Never knew this film existed, thanks for the heads up!

The Clever Pup said...

Thanks, I'll look out for it.

What's the deal with the name Alan Smithee? Is it a non de plume for disgruntled writers or directors or something? I first came across it in Mad Magazine (of all things)regarding Alan Moore.

everybody's word verification is very meaninful today.Yours is BLESSED.

willow said...

Sounds interesting. Thanks for the mention.

Dakota Bear said...

Will add to my list of movies to see.

tut-tut said...

Did not know of this film. thank you, AS

Baino said...

I've seen it. Fantastic. Shame it's still a sad truth that the role of women in Iran has declined so much since the revolution.

Cinnamon said...

I am a bit late getting here, but glad I eventually did- I shall look out for this film- thank you for the recommendation:)

Avid Reader said...

Smithee, you're an adventurer and a genius. I can't wait to see this film- though I will probably have to wait at least a little while.

fuzzmama said...

this is one of fuzzmama's all time favorite movies.
I would have to say that while I agree with Baino's social commentary, I have not seen a more complex female character in american cinema for a long time.
That said she's no Amy Adams!

VE said...

Ten? Where's Dudley Moore? I thought he died?