3 Faces

  • 2018
  • Iran
  • Directed by: Jafar Panahi
  • Cast: Jafar Panahi, Marziyeh Rezaei, Behnaz Jafari
  • Language: Persian

Director Panahi and veteran actress Jafari (playing themselves) try to find out the truth behind the video message from a despairing young woman (Rezaei) who has apparently killed herself. An exploration of womanhood and being an artist in Iran, deceptively mild-mannered but subtle and revealing.

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Iranian actor Behnaz Jafari (playing herself) is distraught after receiving an apparent suicide note from a girl whose family forbid her to pursue studies at a drama school. With her director (Jafar Panahi) in tow, she flees the film she’s working on and embarks on a road trip to Iran’s rural north to locate the girl. Directing frequently farcical encounters with signature restraint, Panahi gently probes the patriarchal customs that impact women in all areas of Iranian society, astutely revealing a myopic worldview lurking beneath the veneer of apparently quaint local traditions and rituals of hospitality. While its preoccupations are ostensibly within a national context, Three Faces unearths startling resonances with contemporary global preoccupations with gender and power.

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Three Faces

15 May 20183 stars

Cannes 2018: Jafar Panahi once again explores the difficulties of being an artist in Iran

Iranian director Jafar Panahi seems to have strayed into the minefield of fake news in Three Faces. A video message is sent in which a despairing young woman, Marziyeh (Marziyeh Rezaei), describes her dream of becoming an actress and her family's…

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