No Bears

No Bears ★★★★★

Probably Panahi’s best since 2006’s OFFSIDE, which was (iirc) my No. 1 film of that year. It might be the crowning achievement of this later period, and reminds you all over again of his criminal treatment by the Iranian government. No surprise that it’s a film all about borders, not just between nations but between traditions and people. And for someone like Panahi, for whom crossing even the most minor threshold has been fraught with danger for years now, it’s no wonder that he shoots through doors and windows with such simmering portent. Just an incredibly rich, moving work.

Seen at PalaBiennale, Venice Film Festival..

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