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Shirin (2008)
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Shirin (2008)
Original name: شیرین
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A hundred and fourteen famous Iranian theater and cinema actresses and a French star: mute spectators at a theatrical representation of Khosrow and Shirin, a Persian poem from the twelfth century, put on stage by Kiarostami. The development of the text -- long a favorite in Persia and the Middle East -- remains invisible to the viewer of the film, the whole story is told by the faces of the women watching the show.
Style: experimental, atmospheric, contemplative, stylized, emotional, art house, offbeat, serious, realistic
Plot: strong female presence, theater, play, feminism, artists and showbiz, face, women, cinema, auditorium
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran

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Fall to Rise (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
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Style: contemplative, emotional, psychological, realistic, serious
Plot: artists and showbiz, ambition, introspection, hopes, dancer's life, strong female presence, women, dancer
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Journey to the West (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Taiwan
Duration: 56 min.
Story: A Buddhist monk walks barefoot and incredibly slowly through Marseille – so slowly, that his progress is barely perceptible and he becomes a calming influence in the midst of the town’s goings-on.
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Place: marseille, france, french riviera, europe
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Exit: A personal history (2010)
Genre: Drama
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Duration: 85 min.
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Beautiful City (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 98 min.
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Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
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Closed Curtain (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A man, his dog, a young woman and a filmmaker in a house by the Caspian Sea. All three are wanted, but they are also in search of each other. Thus begins an absurd game in which reality and fiction merge.
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A Useful Life (2010)
Genre: Drama
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Duration: 67 min.
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Genre: Drama
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Duration: 93 min.
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Duration: 88 min.
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Duration: 90 min.
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Style: sincere, realistic, serious, contemplative, tense
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