Drama | Persian, Azerbaijani, Turkish with English subtitles | 92 minutes
No Bears opens on a cobblestone street in an Iranian town close to the Turkish border. Beer is being served and the women’s hair is uncovered. This would not be allowed in Iran so director Jafar Panahi must film this undercover. As Panahi is filming he encounters Iranians desperately looking to flee the country to the safety of western Europe. Panahi’s assistant director urges Panahi to escape Iran while he can, but Panahi refuses, which proves to be an unfortunate mistake.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
- Metacritic Score: 92
- Venice Film Festival: Winner,Jury Prize; Nominated, Golden Lion (Best Film)
- National Society of Film Critics Awards: Nominated, Best Film; Best Director (Jafar Panahi)
- Chicago International FilmFestival: Nominated, Best Film
- No Bears received a perfect 100% RottenTomatoes score.
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Panahi is more than halfway into a 20-year ban on making movies, not that he has let that stop him. He has directed five features under these circumstances, all have been brilliant, but NO BEARS transcends them as both outlawed artistry and a moral interrogation of that art itself.
It’s unfathomable how vital and how good Panahi’s work continues to be. NO BEARS may be the best film of them all.
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