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Secret Ballot (2001)

Raye makhfi (original title)
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A female election agent and a gun-toting soldier try to collect votes among the local islanders with mixed success.

Director:

Babak Payami

Writers:

Mohsen Makhmalbaf (original idea), Babak Payami
10 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Nassim Abdi ... Girl
Cyrus Abidi ... Soldier
Youssef Habashi Youssef Habashi
Farrokh Shoja Farrokh Shoja
Gholbahar Janghali Gholbahar Janghali
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Storyline

A soldier stationed on a deserted beach wakes up and discovers that it's not going to be an ordinary day: there are the elections, but nobody seems to know anything about them. Just as an electoral urn is being parachuted from the sky, a young woman disembarks on the beach. To the soldier's bafflement, it turns out that she is in charge of the mobile electoral seat and voting on the islands; therefore the soldier is obliged to obey her orders and escort her with his rifle and army jeep across the desert, where the woman obstinately intends to collect the votes. During the day, stressed by a series of absurd events, the two learn to get to know each other. At sunset, when the young woman leaves, the man realizes that the secret vote contained much more than he had ever imagined. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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In Iran, This Election Day was just the beginning... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

Iran | Italy | Canada | Switzerland

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

26 October 2001 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Bulletin secret See more »

Filming Locations:

Kish Island, Iran

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,609, 11 August 2002

Gross USA:

$114,909

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$122,875
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Director Payami uses minimalism in Raye makhfi, letting a small spectrum of sociopolitical stances emerge naturally and often humorously. For instance, there is a traffic light in the middle of a desert, but it is stuck on red. See more »

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Surreal
19 January 2003 | by kolsterSee all my reviews

"Secret Ballot" certainly takes its time with each scene, but is quite satisfying by the end. It is as close to surrealism as I've seen recently. The music during the credits is beautiful.


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