Movie Review: 3 FACES

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Internationally acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi is considered subversive by his government and has been banned from making movies for 20 years. Nevertheless, he always comes up with very creative and inventive ways to continue to practice his craft.

In This is Not A Film (2011), Panaji dramatized his real life situation by documenting himself trying to plan his next film production — while he was under house arrest. Alone at home, he would chart the action of his planned movie on his rug, and act our dialog by himself. Friends and colleagues who stopped by and supported him were putting themselves at risk of similar punishment. His wife was in exile, and he was alone much of the time — except for the companionship of a pet iguana.

The layering of frustration and absurdity in that docudrama is brilliantly provocative. There isn’t a hint of polemic, nor does the film display any sort of political agenda — except that Panahi’s defiance of the ban that would curtail his creativity is, in itself, a protest against oppression. This is Not a Film was smuggled out of Iran on a flash drive that was embedded in a cake. It won many international awards, but has still not been shown in Iran.

Panahi is not under house arrest at this time, but he is still prohibited from making films. 3 Faces is another act of defiance. This time Panahi and well-known actress Behnaz Jafari take to the road, heading for a rural village, in response to a plea for help from a young actress whose rural family wants her to lead a traditional village life — very much against hr wishes. The plot twists itself into an intriguing mystery about weather the girl is alive or dead, has committed suicide or was murdered, and what brought her to this fate. Everyone has a secret, it seems.

Each of the 3 Faces belongs to an actress, of a different generation. They have genuine concern for each other because they face the same restrictions under the harsh and watchful eye of the same social and legal system tha tbanned Panahi from making movies. Their relationships with each other are truly engaging.

But the film is even more engaging in the expositive way it reveals how women of all ages. various ettnic groups and different social classes cope with the same hardships and dehumanization they all must endure in Iran under the country;s male-dominated culture.

Panahi, obviously in sympathy with the oppressed, captures all the troubling nuances of the women’s daily life and the subtle support they give to each other in 3 Faces. The film isn’t playing in Iran, but it is touring the world. You should see it.

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