The Day I Became a Woman - 2000

Directed by Marziyeh Meshkini

Three overlapping stories of women at different stages of their life unfold on the Iranian island of Kish.

Color, 1 hour 18 minutes, Farsi

Original Title: Roozi Keh Zan Showdam

Watch Trailer (Farsi w/English subtitles), Watch Scene (Farsi w/English subtitles)

Star Rating


Firouzan Rank # 15

Cast


Fatemeh Cheragh Akhar  
Shabnam Toloui  
Cyrus Kahouri Nejad  
Azizeh Sedighi  
Ameneh Passand  

Crew


Writer Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Director Marziyeh Meshkini
Producer Rouhollah Baradari
Director of Photography Ebrahim Ghafouri
Mohammad Ahmadi
Sound Recordist Behrouz Shahamat
Abbas Rastegarpour
Editor Shahrzad Pouya
Maysam Makhmalbaf
Sound Mixer Behrouz Shahamat
Music Mohammad Reza Darvishi

Pictures


Young Hava is told that she must be fitted for a chador because at 12:00 she will turn nine-years-old.

Young Hava is told that she must be fitted for a chador because at 12:00 she will turn nine-years-old.

Hassan wants Hava to come and play.

Hassan wants Hava to come and play.

Hava can only play with Hassan until 12:00 when the shadow of her sun-dial will disappear.

Hava can only play with Hassan until 12:00 when the shadow of her sun-dial will disappear.

A rider comes looking for his wife amongst the chador clad cyclists.

A rider comes looking for his wife amongst the chador clad cyclists.

The rider's wife, Ahoo, refuses to stop riding her bicycle even with the threat that she will be divorced and ostracized from her family and tribe.

The rider's wife, Ahoo, refuses to stop riding her bicycle even with the threat that she will be divorced and ostracized from her family and tribe.

Aging Hoora arrives on the island for a shopping spree in which she will buy all of the things that she has never had.

Aging Hoora arrives on the island for a shopping spree in which she will buy all of the things that she has never had.

Hoora's hands are tied with reminders of what she needs to buy.

Hoora's hands are tied with reminders of what she needs to buy.

The caravan of appliances and furniture.

The caravan of appliances and furniture.

Hoora has the boys arrange her things on the beach so she can remember what she has forgotten to purchase.

Hoora has the boys arrange her things on the beach so she can remember what she has forgotten to purchase.

Hava and her mother watch as Hoora and her things are transported to the boat.

Hava and her mother watch as Hoora and her things are transported to the boat.

DVD


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External Reviews


By David N. Butterworth Offoffoff.com

The Iranian film "The Day I Became a Woman" (Roozi Keh Zan Showdam) is a promising trifle. It consists of three vignettes that highlight the plight of women during various stages of life. It starts out with a story about a nine-year-old girl, follows it up with a story about a married, middle-aged woman, and closes with a story about an elderly grandmother.

The final chapter is the most intriguing of the three -- it has a creativity and levity that's missing from the first two chapters. But even it contains some of the same distracting elements which plague its predecessors: a naivety of viewpoint, a sledgehammer approach to metaphor, and a pacing that tests both physical and mental limits. Continued



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