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The Day I Became a Woman (2000)

Roozi ke zan shodam (original title)
A film comprised of three interconnected vignettes that depict women at three stages of life in Iran. The first part centers on a young girl on her ninth birthday who is told that she can ... See full summary »

Director:

Marzieh Makhmalbaf (as Marziyeh Meshkini)

Writers:

Marzieh Makhmalbaf (dialogue) (as Marzieh Meshkini), Mohsen Makhmalbaf
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Cast

Cast overview:
Fatemeh Cherag Akhar Fatemeh Cherag Akhar ... Hava
Hassan Nebhan Hassan Nebhan ... Hassan
Shahr Banou Sisizadeh Shahr Banou Sisizadeh ... Mother
Ameneh Passand Ameneh Passand ... Grandmother
Shabnam Toloui Shabnam Toloui ... Ahoo
Sirous Kahvarinegad Sirous Kahvarinegad ... Husband
Moharram Zaynalzadeh Moharram Zaynalzadeh ... Osmann (as Mahram Zeinal Zadeh)
Norieh Mahigiran Norieh Mahigiran ... Rival Cyclist
Azizeh Sedighi Azizeh Sedighi ... Hoora
Badr Iravani Badr Iravani ... Young Boy
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A film comprised of three interconnected vignettes that depict women at three stages of life in Iran. The first part centers on a young girl on her ninth birthday who is told that she can no longer play with the boys she had been playing with only the day before because she is now a woman. Told from the perspective of a 9-year-old girl who does not feel like or know what the word "woman" refers to, we see how devastatingly this affects both the girl and the boy with whom she had been friends. The second part is about a young woman who decides to enter a bicycle race against her husband's wishes. As first, the husband and then increasing numbers of men from her village ride beside her on horseback to convince her to return home. The race begins to symbolize a freedom that she desperately wants from the limitations that have been placed on her. Finally, the third part shows us an old woman who has come into some money and is now free to do what she wants. The way she chooses to use this... Written by Jonathan Beebe <jrbeebe@midway.uchicago.edu>

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Comedy | Drama

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Official Sites:

Official site | sourehcinema

Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

8 March 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Dagen då jag blev en kvinna See more »

Filming Locations:

Kish Island, Iran

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Box Office

Budget:

$180,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,255, 8 April 2001

Gross USA:

$149,971

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$149,971
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Marzieh Makhmalbaf's directorial film debut. See more »

Goofs

In the first sequence, the lollipop that Hava and Hassan pass between them grows and shrinks in size without regard to the passage of time. See more »

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The moment yet another New Wave stops being new
8 April 2001 | by nunculusSee all my reviews

One can already see the signs of self-imitation: the preoccupation

with rural, "primitive" Iran (infuriating Iranian academics who want

to see the primarily urban population of the country represented--they want their Woody Allen movies!); the cloying use

of upturned child faces; the cloying use of old-lady faces as

wrinkled as a donkey's ear; the simple folkloric picture-tells-a-thousand-words image that seems to come out of a

Sunday-school primer's cartoons. Yadda yadda yadda, or so it

seems at this point, as Mrs. Mohsan Makhmalbaf, Marzieh

Meshkini, makes her first film. (Let it be said that this is not unlike

the prominent debut of...A Kate Capshaw Picture.) Makhmalbaf

wrote the script, Mrs. MM ploddingly directed. The picture is a lightly

feminist take on three women "becoming a woman today": the first,

a little girl, is forced to wear the deathly, tomblike,

all-encompassing chador on her ninth birthday. The second, an

adult woman, is pursued by her husband and a mullah on

horseback because she has committed the unpardonable sin

of...cycling. The last and un-flattest episode concerns an old

woman, seemingly poor as a churchmouse, who comes into a

pile of money and wants to buy everything her heart desires.

Rather than veering into the Requiem for a Dreamish, this story

flirts with magical realism--yet stays anchored in literal reality. The

last shot, yoking together the girl from Story #1 and the granny from

Story #2, has a slingshot-like power that might've made the whole

ordeal worthwhile...if it were a short.

THE DAY I BECAME A WOMAN has the flat, building-block structure

of a learning director's short movie. Only it's almost eighty minutes

long. The Iranian cinema is in dire risk of veering into mannerism

at this point. Kiarostami's last movie, THE WIND WILL CARRY US,

seemed boringly, self-consciously Kiarostamiesque; and this

picture evokes other, better films and filmmakers. Someone

needs to point in a new direction; self-parody is inching up the

horizon.


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