The Mirror

The Mirror ★★★★½

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An enchanting blend of Iranian social realism and meta-film technique. This is a masterful film from brave film-maker Jafar Panahi that should be seen blindly and marveled at for it's bold realism. The film involves a young girl lost in a world of adults on busy Tehran afternoon. Her mother has not picked her up from school and she must navigate home herself and she is offered help and advice from many people, but others are also rather apathetic to her plight. The film is shot with a realist eye and we learn of the social and political climate though conversations on buses, on street corners whilst the camera follows Mina's every move. Something quite incredible happens at a certain point in the film which I dare not spoil as it should be experienced without prior knowledge.

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