The Mirror 

Drama | Persian with English subtitles | 95 minutes


Mina, a first-grader, waits for her mother to pick her up after school. Mina’s mother doesn’t show. A friend from school offers to take her home on his motorbike. Mina accepts the ride but grows impatient with all the stops being made. Mina hops off the motorbike and decides to find her way home alone. The hectic, crowded streets of Tehran baffle Mina. She encounters strangers, some helpful, some indifferent. Mina is feisty and plucky as she determines to go on. At this point the film takes an unexpected turn that only an innovative director like Panahi can pull off.

Mina Mohammad Khani (Mina)
Why Stream This Film?
Panahi brilliantly wrote and directed this film so that viewers will feel the commotion and vibrancy of Tehran while following the plight of a lost young girl trying to find her way home.  
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
  • Locarno International Film Festival: Winner, Golden Leopard, Best Film
  • Singapore International Film Festival: Winner, BestDirector (Jafar Panahi)
  • Istanbul International Film Festival: Winner, Golden Tulip, Best Film
  • The Mirror received a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes score.

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THE MIRROR provides a fascinating glimpse of modern Iranian culture.
Marjorie Baumgarten

The Austin Chronicle

The scenes in Jafar Panahi’s powerful film THE MIRROR are so realistic that the movie has the feel of a documentary made with a hidden camera. The teeming streets of Tehran and intimate conversations convey a remarkably intense picture of a particular city’s mood and texture. The portrait of Tehran is unforgettable. 
Stephen Holden

The New York Times

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