Offside

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2006

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Director:
Jafar Panahi
Released:
2006
Rating:
PG
This internationally award-winning film casually and sometimes caustically uncovers what binds us – and blinds us – to the differences between our ways of life in the West with modern day Iran. Fascinating, funny and tragic, it’s “a gem of comic action… that explores the ambiguity between the sexes" (The Hollywood Reporter). The Tehran soccer stadium roars with 100,000 cheering men – and only men. According to Islamic custom, women are not allowed, and the ambitious girls who manage to sneak in are caught and sent to a holding pen, guarded by male soldiers their own age. Duty makes the young men and women adversaries, but duty can’t overcome their shared dreams, their mutual attraction, and ultimately their overriding sense of national pride and humanity.

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  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    While the gist of Offside is the same (as "The Circle"), its tone is more insouciant, as it celebrates the guile and toughness of its heroines while casting a sympathetic glance at...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    A charming, character-driven film that conveys enormous feeling for its people

  • 80

    Variety Deborah Young

    In his most accessible and spontaneous picture, ranking Iranian helmer Jafar Panahi reveals unsuspected comic gifts barely visible in his dramatic festival winners "The White Ballo...

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