JAFAR PANAHI’S TAXI

Drama | Persian with English subtitles | 82 minutes

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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. 

Major Participants:
Jafar Panahi and local folks (perhaps some actors) he picks up in his cab.
Why Stream This Film?
Another magnificent Iranian film.  Jafar Panahi was barred from making films in Iran, accused of denigrating the Iranian ruling party. So, he had to make his film  surreptitiously.  Panahi and his passengers, as they banter and complain, capture another spirited slice of the lives of ordinary, middle-class people living in present-day Iran. 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 96%
  • Metacritic Score: 91
Accolades
  • 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
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.
Anthony Lane

The New Yorker

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.
A.O. Scott

The New York Times

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