Women without men – Zanan-e bedun-e mardan

Directors: Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari
Starring: Shabnam Toloui, Pegah Ferydoni and Arita Shahrzad

“Women without Men” is the feature debut by Shirin Neshat, filmed on the basis of a prohibited in Iran Shahrnoush Parsipour novel of the same title. The film addresses the problem of Iranian women of different shades of femininity, but not seen from the perspective of local but external – through the eyes of living abroad for many years feminizing Iranian multimedia artist.

You can admire the artistic elements of Iranian architecture and culture, and the charming beauty of feminine attire. Brilliant shots, striking composition, climate bordering on reality and dream.

Because of the many controversies that arouse in Iran Shahrnoush Parsipour Shirin Neshat and the film formation was not possible in their homeland. So was shot in Casablanca, where they found not only reminiscent of Tehran city landscapes and and magnificent images of nature.

Movie web-site


Le herisson (The hedgehog)

Just finished watching The Hedgehog. Directed by Mona Achache starring Josiane Balasco, Garance Le Guillermic and Togo Igawa.

Charming, memorable, simply French! Way better than Amelia if you ask me.

The film is based on the novel by Muriel Barbery and is set in contemporary Paris, in one of the exclusive local houses. Do such a 11 year olds egsist? Paloma is not only intelligent but also sensitive and artistically gifted. At the age of 11 is a walking essence of French femininity and this pinch of magic. Enjoy.

Great part of Togo Igawa. Perfect gentelman.

Mr. Nobody

One of the better movies I’ve seen recently.

If you are not looking for easy answers DON’T WATCH THE TRAILER!

And I mean it. Watch it after you see the movie!

Directed by Jaco Van Dormael
Starring: Jared Leto, Diane Kruger, Sarah Polley

The music is fantastic! It’s creating a story on its own at the same time complementing the movie.

There are also so many beautiful details and special effects. Amazing.

I’m hesitating if I should write more as I don’t want to spoil it for you. I don’t want my words to influence your perception. I guess I will write someting below trailer, so stop here and watch the movie, then I welcome you to come back and read what was important for me in it.

Let me start from saying that quantum physic and science in general are more and more penetrating the cinema. Ideas created by scientist are so hard to imagine, understand and absorb that they create a marvelous ground for imagination. I’m talking Matrix, Inception, Shutter Island etc

The scientific “base” fro this movie is string theory, string theorytime theory of relativity and concept what happens when the force of gravity no longer compensate for the expansion of the universe. It also challanges the idea of time and reality. Yes, quite confusing.

ZugzwangAll of this is only a context to contemplate the problem of decision making. A choice between “YES” and “NO” but also Zugzwang. “When the only viable move is not to move”. I guess when we make choices we imagine what will the consequences of those choices be. Without it making decision would be impossible in some way, cos it wouldn’t matter what you choose.

Every path is the right path. Everything could’ve been anything else. And it would have just as much meaning.

People attach a great meaning to their lifes and decisions and feel a pressure to be right. Right about how does the World work, what is the best choice, how others should behave. I’ll ask you to serously consider the idea that there is no meaning. How does that make you feel? It makes me uncomfortable, but I’m going to try to experience it.

There comes a time in life where everything seems narrow. Choices have been made. I can only continue on. I know myself like the back of my hand. I can predict my every reaction. My life has been cast in cement with airbags and seatbelts. I’ve done everything to reach this point and now that I’m here, I’m fucking bored. The hardest thing is knowing whether I’m still alive. (…)

Before he was unable to make a choice because he didn’t know what would happen. Now that he knows what will happen, he is unable to make a choice.

On a personal note: how can you choose between your parents when you love them both the same?