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Sci Tech    H4'ed 9/10/10

"The circle', the movie and a painting

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Had nothing to do-the perfect excuse for watching a movie. Still, what to do when all the channels were on the "repeat mode'? Really, does the remote have an "only repeat' button? You never know, with the kind of technology appearing every day. Anyway, the only movie on display, which I hadn't seen, was an Iranian movie, "The circle'.

The basis for watching the film has already been divulged. In extension to that, yes, I did wander away using the remote only to return to see the movie till the end. It was bleak, not my idea of refreshment on a Sunday afternoon. For that matter, I love films to entertain leaving the emotions intact. Weepy droopy movies are a no-watch, so are predictable vampire flicks , on a personal list.

"The circle' directed by Jafar Panahi is a serious movie-almost, as serious and bleak as it can get. I can understand why the writer can infuse so much gloom into his words, but what's the excuse for the director? The women in the movie are helpless, oppressed and the men, sexist and demanding. All thorough the movie, the viewers try to grapple with the plot meandering here and there-an effort not helped by the director.

A need to be ambiguous, symbolic and clever, doesn't transform on the screen with the streets looking fake in every frame. The movie returns a full circle, the women united in the end, alright-that much a viewer will understand. Of course, we know of the situation women face in Iran but that's not an excuse for a poorly executed film, with no iota of hope

By extension, is it a poor movie? On the contrary, I found the movie very powerful, more for the story which lingers on. The beautiful women behind veils are an affront to humanity, however hard anyone tries to justify it, so are the restrictions imposed. The emotions depicted in the movie raw and got struck in the brain, one reason I avoid sensitive films. The next day, for a cathartic need, I went on to paint the image given here, and there is hope.

Painting-30x70cm.Oil on cardboard

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