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Three Faces

Se Rokh

Eight years into his filmmaking ban, Iranian director Jafar Panahi delivers another perceptive sideways glance at the contradictions that exist in contemporary Iranian society.

Dir-Prod-Scr Jafar Panahi
With Behnaz Jafari, Marziyeh Rezaei, Jafar Panahi
UK Distribution New Wave Films

Iranian actor Behnaz Jafari (playing herself) is distraught after receiving an apparent suicide note from a girl whose family forbid her to pursue studies at a drama school. With her director (Jafar Panahi) in tow, she flees the film she’s working on and embarks on a road trip to Iran’s rural north to locate the girl. Directing frequently farcical encounters with signature restraint, Panahi gently probes the patriarchal customs that impact women in all areas of Iranian society, astutely revealing a myopic worldview lurking beneath the veneer of apparently quaint local traditions and rituals of hospitality. While its preoccupations are ostensibly within a national context, Three Faces unearths startling resonances with contemporary global preoccupations with gender and power.

Jemma Desai

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