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3 Faces

This is Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s fourth completed feature since he was officially banned from filmmaking.

Well-known actress Behnaz Jafari is distraught by a provincial girl’s video plea for help–oppressed by her family to not pursue her studies at the Tehran drama conservatory.

Behnaz abandons her shoot and turns to filmmaker Jafar Panahi to help solve the mystery of the young girl’s troubles.

They travel by car to the rural northwest where they have amusing encounters with the charming folk of the girl’s mountain village.

But the city visitors soon discover that the protection of age-old traditions is as generous as local hospitality…

"With 3 Faces, writer/director Panahi solidifies his artistic handle on his unjust situation by inventing new ways to work around it and remains, more than ever, an effortless blender of documentary and fiction through mystifying methods."

Tomris Laffly, RogerEbert.com

"The story is streamlined, simple and elegant...the plot is thickly layered."

Manohla Dargis, New York Times

"An artful, surprising and thrillingly intelligent story about a few women trying to make a difference."

Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

"Full of intelligence and humility and a real respect for women and for female actors. Gentle, elusive, and redolent of this director’s mysterious Iranian zen."

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian