leia’s review published on Letterboxd:
it’s surprising how such a simple setup can inspire such deep and profound commentary and provoke such impactful and true emotion. this film lies in the simple premise and how it captures the daily torment, faith, and triumph of these people's lives. its observations on women in Iran are incredibly insightful. the various conversations give many perspectives, giving a well-rounded view of the social and political landscape for Iranian women in a country that discriminates against them. for the minimalism - one car, one camera, two camera angles - well, one focused on the driver or the passenger. back and forth conversations that reveal more in what is not said than in what is. no car chases. no explosions. the human condition is considered all within the confines of a single frame.
it has a fascinating and intense portrait of modern Iran through the personal experiences of people. even though the film focuses on the personal point of view, it also gives a good image of how the individual -and especially the woman- experience is linked with laws, traditions, and social customs. it may feel like an experimental movie with slow action and movement, but it is just as important moviemaking that tries to give the female population of a country its voice. also, Mania Akbari is radiate. I could have watched her for another 91 minutes easy.