3 Faces

    3 Faces


    Filmmaker Jafar Panahi and actor Behnaz Jafari travel to a tiny village after receiving a plea for help from a girl whose family has forbidden her from studying acting. Amusing encounters abound, but they soon discover that the local hospitality is rivaled by the desire to protect old traditions.

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      • Behnaz JafariBehnaz Jafari
      • Jafar PanahiJafar Panahi
      • Marziyeh RezaeiMarziyeh
      • Maedeh ErteghaeiMaedeh
      • Narges Del AramMarziyeh's Mother


      • 85


        Three Faces is typical of the canny director’s output in the way it’s modest but profound, leisurely but urgent, a portrait of a country disguised as a meandering road movie.
      • 80

        The Hollywood Reporter

        The three main characters are all vividly sketched.
      • 80

        Screen Daily

        3 Faces can sometimes feel like a whimsical doodle without much forward momentum. But that placidness belies a certain degree of melancholic resignation on Panahi’s part, for himself and his homeland.
      • 75

        The A.V. Club

        Panahi has frequently blurred the line between cinema and reality; here, he builds the search for that line into the work itself, even flirting, playfully, with a self-critique.
      • 75


        Even as Three Faces staggers along, it maintains the unique blend of introspection and intrigue that defines this singular director’s talent.
      • 75

        Slant Magazine

        Whenever Panahi's architecturally rigorous study of the self, society, and artistic communion threatens to get too self-conscious or loaded, the filmmaker tends to leaven the tension with humor and gentle irreverence.
      • 75

        The Film Stage

        The director’s characteristic humanism and rejection of easy judgments suffuses the film with sincere empathy – refreshingly, he acknowledges his own role in the entrenched patriarchal culture he’s critiquing, both as a man and film director. As such, when 3 Faces closes on a bittersweet note, the hopeful gesture of its closing image feels neither cheap nor unearned.
      • 70


        Although 3 Faces is far from Panahi’s best work, it’s still a solid primer on how much a skilled filmmaker can achieve with very few resources.

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