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  • Actors: Mania Akbari, Amin Maher, Kamran Adl
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Farsi
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Zeitgeist Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2004
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00031TYGW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,022 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ten" on IMDb

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World-renowned Iranian writer-director Abbas Kiarostami (TASTE OF CHERRY, THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES) has created a deceptively simple work—shot on digital video within the confines of a single vehicle—that brings the intricate nature of Iran’s sexual and social politics into sharp focus. Seen through the eyes of a beautiful, chador-clad divorcée, the film catches her impromptu conversations with various female passengers (and her imperious young son) as she navigates Tehran’s congested and vibrant streets over the course of several days. As Kiarostami’s "dashboard cam" eavesdrops on these extraordinary and moving stories of sex, divorce, love and religion, an entirely original and fascinating portrait of modern Iran emerges. Also features the "master class" making-of documentary 10 ON TEN.

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A view into a young woman's social life in modern Iran.
Ian Slater
As liberal as that imagination is , still she finds herself experimenting with the strengths and faults of each character .
MonaLisa
This film is an instance where the truism that less is more really fits.
Nathan Andersen

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Andersen TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 24, 2004
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In addition to providing an important window on Iran, that should challenge any stereotypes that may be held by Westerners about this country that figures so frequently in the news of late, this film is really a remarkable and powerful film, by one of today's most important filmmakers -- Abbas Kiarostami compares very favorably in my mind with the great Auteur directors of the 60's and 70's, such as Bergman, Fellini, Antonioni, Godard, Truffaut.

This film is an instance where the truism that less is more really fits. There are two camera angles in this film: medium shot of the driver and medium shot of the passenger. As Kiarostami explains in his very worthwhile set of lessons on filmmaking "Ten on Ten" (included on this disc), this camera angle is both extremely simple and very versatile. It is perfect for enabling a character to engage in dialogue that is not artificial -- because it is natural for a character to speak facing forward when he or she is in the car, and because effectively it sets the viewer in the other seat. It also allows the viewers to focus on the main characters of the film, and allows the director to create a scenario for these characters, while at the same time allowing for the unpredictable and unplanned to take place in the background, outside of the window.

While the characters in the film are not actors, they perform their roles extremely well. As Kiarostami explains (drawing upon, I think, an idea first put forward by Bazin) anybody is capable of playing perfectly a single role for film: the part of themselves. The director enters the picture by setting up conditions under which the characters are free to play this role, without it seeming artificial, at the same time as they fulfil a larger objective demanded by the film as a whole.
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With Ten, Kiarostami pushed very far the boundaries of his no-plot approach. Even an illusory plot is no more in this movie. There is a video camera mounted within a car. A woman is driving throughout the streets of Tehran, taking occasional passengers, always women (with one exception: her son). Free discussions start every time, about this and that: all take place in the car, no crew is there, no director, only the driver - woman and the passenger - woman. The approach that was taken firstly in making ABC Africa is used here brilliantly: handheld camera to free the movie of all cinematic restrictions and to ensure the interactive participation of interprets (non-professionals, like in all his works).

Nevertheless the spontaneity has inherent limits. The director is not there, but he chooses each new personage and before each sequence he gives general instructions about what is to be discussed. The flow of discussion is subtly controlled by the woman who is driving (who is the only professional interpret, Mania Akbari; in real life she is working in the movie industry, and like the personage in the movie she is divorced; her child plays his own role).

Anyway, each sequence is no more a scene miming reality: it is pure reality. It happens in this movie what happened in the contemporary art: like Warhol and Rauschenberg and all the others who renounced of creating images to represent reality, taking real objects instead, to create art, here in Ten, Kiarostami was able to get this great mirage: he took reality from the street and transformed it into art.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MonaLisa on February 28, 2006
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Ten on Ten expresses humanity in its rawest form , an animal all too familiar for Mr. Abbas Kiarostami . In this case humanity was an improvisational story told through the daily life a single mother while driving . Picking up family members , friends , and strangers in her car while passing the time talking of life's short comings , the main character is sure to reach beyond the boundaries of the screen and touch the heart of ever individual watching . Each character , oozing with personality , riding in her car captures her imagination . As liberal as that imagination is , still she finds herself experimenting with the strengths and faults of each character .

At the end of the day , however , she never looses sight of her inherent existentialistic threads and metaphorically sighs relief each time a passenger leaves the vehicle . Beware , though , this film is sure to leave you hungry for more Abbas Kiarostami ...

But the question remains: was this film a premeditated thought or was it improvision at its best ?
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Comprised of a series of ten sequences shot on video inside a car, TEN depicts a series of conversations between the driver (Mania Akbari) and various passengers, including her son Amin (Amin Maher). There is no plot to speak of; the cinematic style is basic (comprised of a series of intercut close-ups between the driver and her passengers), yet the film manages to be utterly compelling. This is chiefly due to its subject- matter; through the conversations we learn a lot about the driver's life and thoughts - how she is at once willing to give advice to others yet experiencing agonies of parenthood. At some points she gives sound advice; at others we see just how difficult she finds it to sustain a relationship with her son. Director Abbas Kiarostami makes no judgment on any of the characters, being more interested in giving them the chance to tell us about themselves. The sequences between mother and son are particularly powerful; neither actor holds back as they talk to one another, while Kiarostami's camera focuses intently on their various emotions. Definitely worth looking at.
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