This is not a film

DVD - 2012 - Persian
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
This is not a film
This clandestine documentary, shot partially on an iPhone and smuggled into France on a usb drive hidden in a cake for a last-minute submission to Cannes, depicts the day-to-day life of acclaimed director Jafar Panahi (Offside, The Circle) during his house arrest in his Tehran apartment. While appealing his 2010 sentence (six years in prison and a 20-year ban from filmmaking, interviews or leaving the country) Panahi is seen talking to his family and lawyer on the phone, and discussing his plight with his friend and collaborator, Mirtahmasb.

Published: [United States] : Palisades Tartan, [2012]
Branch Call Number: DVD 365.4509 THI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (77 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Nov 04, 2013

A very creative act of defiance and self-expression. An important and insightful film, but not likely to hold the interest of the average viewer.

Aug 17, 2013

Couldn't get through this one. Agree with uncommonreader's comment, below: self-indulgent. One wonders if the very fact of its existence is what made it such a big deal.

Jul 22, 2013
  • uncommonreader rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Indeed, this is not a film. A little self-indulgent.


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