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  • Actors: Mania Akbari, Amin Maher, Kamran Adl, Roya Akbari, Roya Arabshahi
  • Directors: Abbas Kiarostami
  • Writers: Abbas Kiarostami
  • Producers: Abbas Kiarostami, Caley Thomas, Marin Karmitz
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Farsi
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: Jan. 18 2005
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00031TYGW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,328 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Ten sequences examine the emotional lives of women at significant junctures.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Andersen on April 3 2010
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jesmi.com on Feb. 13 2005
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I strongly recommend this film and the "Ten on Ten" which comes in the package to film students and teachers. Kiarostami is a guy of accident and he knows the taste of life.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Cinema at its best Dec 24 2004
By Nathan Andersen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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.

I really admire directors, like Kiarostami and Bresson and Tarkovsky, who set up for themselves rigorous principles and adhere to them in the interest of portraying something that transcends what they could put into the film by themselves. While sometimes the result can be more interesting than entertaining, I find that Kiarostami's films tend both to be enjoyable as well as stimulating. This is certainly the case with "Ten" (and I would also recommend "The Taste of Cherry" and "Close-up" and "ABC Africa" by the same director).
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Another Skilled Screenplay Feb. 28 2006
By MonaLisa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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 ?
Razor-Sharp Depiction of Women's Lives Nov. 18 2013
By Dr. Laurence Raw - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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.
minez June 6 2012
By C. Luttrell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
excellent enlightening heart warming relatable. We are all the same in this world, we respond to the same stimulus equally, divorce feels the same, the male children in this system show the problem inherent in the system. power corrupts and makes us self centered and entitled
Surprising. Sept. 10 2014
By Houston_swamp_hag - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
A Superb film about everyday Iranians. Americans have more in common with them than not. I loved this film.


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