Sunday, October 17, 2010

No One Knows About Persian Cats (كسي از گربه هاي ايراني خبر نداره ) (2009)

Director: Bahman Ghobadi. Cast: Negar Shaghaghi, Ashkan Koshanejad, Hamed Behdad. 101 min. Iran. Musical.

Is this the same Iran I lived in for many years? Where you dive deep into Tehran's seediest neighborhoods, going deeper and deeper underground, to find people playing the most cerebral music imaginable ... in hiding? This community is not fussing about water or health or electricity. They are literally dying for their passion to create art. Makes you think how many other fields in this society are meeting such a fate of "intellectual suffocation" - and when (and how) this bubble is going to explode. Last year's Green Movement was probably just a walk in the park.

(PS: This was the winner of the Special Jury Prize at 2009's Cannes Film Festival. Roxana Saberi, the Iranian-American journalist who was arrested and charged with espionage in Iran last year, was the script co-writer.)

Mo says:


  1. This is just one reason …..among all of those reasons for fighting injustice and for whatever have been done in this country and to the young , to those who find themselves in surroundings, where they do not fit in and have no choice but yelling :
    “You may take our lives, but You'll never take... OUR FREEDOM! “

  2. You can never "take" our freedom ...

    ... but sometimes you can buy it.

  3. I'd recommend you the last work of ghobady in abroad " Rhino season" .It has a dark theme, sad atmosphere, tragic character and no space for audience to take a breath among those miseries,injustice,psychological tortures ...looks a little bit tone like old boy or Incendies ...?
    Again some pitfall and vague historical points sounds sometime awkward. .seeing this new- independent movie of Ghobady,free from those restriction and censorship was a quite new experience for me . The mixture of poem/politic/art/music/image made it a piece I think worth's watching.

  4. Where can I find it? I'd love to see it!!!

  5. I saw it here !
    Danger of bug! but if you like to use it just put the button of "play "in the bottom of dark page showing the movie. The other sign of "Play" in the middle of screen or "start video" are just for Ad....although for better vision maybe you need to get rid of them by open & close them at last.Hopefully it works for you.

  6. I tested the link ... and it works. I'll try to watch it in the next few days. Thank you so much.