JAFAR PANAHI’S TAXI
Drama | Persian with English subtitles | 82 minutes
Director Jafar Panahi drives through the streets of Tehran pretending to be a taxi driver. Because the Iranian government has banned Panahi from making movies, he finds a way to film by placing the camera on his dashboard. He picks up passengers and encourages them to talk. Each passenger seems to have a political opinion: one supports capital punishment; a video vendor defies the censors by distributing pirated videos; a disabled man anxious to record his last will and testament. When finalizing his film, Panahi, aware the Iranian officials were keeping an eye on him, decided to omit end credits and listing the names of the participants.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 96%
- Metacritic Score: 91
Berlin International Film Festival: Winner, Golden Bear for Best Film; Best Director (Jafar Panahi)
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards: Winner, Best Foreign Language Film
César Awards: Nominated, Best Foreign Film
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Panahi’s status as a martyr for his art could have gulled him into loftiness and pride; and yet, by some miracle, TAXI stays as modest as his smile, the point being not to recruit us to his cause but to put us on the side of his compatriots. The mocking of oppression may be steely, but the film’s an easy ride.
In its unassuming way, TAXI is one of the most captivating cinematic experiences of this year. Though it is gentle and meditative rather than confrontational, the film nonetheless bristles with topical concerns. It’s reflective and revealing, intimate and wide-ranging, compact and moving.
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