Offside
Offside
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A provocative and ultimately triumphant film from Jafar Panahi that deals with a group of Iranian women disguised as boys who attempt to sneak into a soccer match at a Tehran stadium, where they are forbidden by law. When they're discovered by police, Offside has the potential to devolve into harsh reprisals, but instead focuses on the absurd and comical interplay between the frustrated girls and their jailers, who have no choice but to watch over and argue with the women over an arbitrary law while a roaring championship game goes on not 100 feet away. Panahi was officially banned from filming this tale, but his sly, covert production succeeds where his characters failed. "A wonderfully funny, outspoken shaggy-dog story" (Entertainment Weekly). In Persian with English subtitles. Jafar Panahi---Iran---2006---93 mins.

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  | JohnH#1

Spirited young ladies who are impounded after trying to sneak into a World Cup qualifying match in Teheran score goals against nonsensical rules and the hapless soldiers who have to enforce them. Well acted and fast paced almost to the end: the celebration drags on too long.

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