The Mirror - 1998

Directed by Jafar Panahi

A young schoolgirl (Mina Mohammad Khani) navigates the busy streets of Tehran after her mother fails to pick her up from school. The story takes on a whole new level when the actress playing the girl quits the production and the camera in turn follows the actress's journey home.

Color, 1 hour 35 minutes, Farsi

Original Title: Aayeneh

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Star Rating


Firouzan Rank # 42

Cast


Mina Mohammad Khani Bahareh
Mohtaram Shirzad The Old Lady Passenger
Rajab Mojdehi General
Tahereh Samadpour School Janitor
Nasir Omoumi Bus Driver

Crew


Writer Jafar Panahi
Director Jafar Panahi
Producer Jafar Panahi
Vahid Nikkhah Azad
Director of Photography Farzad Djodat
Sound Recordist Yadollah Najafi
Editor Jafar Panahi
Sound Mixer Mohammad Reza Delpaak

Pictures


Bahareh is perplexed as to why her mother has not yet arrived.

Bahareh is perplexed as to why her mother has not yet arrived.

Getting a little help crossing the hectic streets of Tehran.

Getting a little help crossing the hectic streets of Tehran.

Hitching a ride with 'The General' (Rajab Mojdehi).

Hitching a ride with "The General" (Rajab Mojdehi).

The assortment of strangers on the bus fascinates Bahareh.

The assortment of strangers on the bus fascinates Bahareh.

The palm reader.

The palm reader.

An old lady (Mohtaram Shirzad) reminds Bahareh to yield her seat to her elders.

An old lady (Mohtaram Shirzad) reminds Bahareh to yield her seat to her elders.

The actress playing Bahareh, Mina, becomes upset and refuses to continue acting.

The actress playing Bahareh, Mina, becomes upset and refuses to continue acting.

The director decides to keep filming the story, this time with Mina, not her character, making her way home.

The director decides to keep filming the story, this time with Mina, not her character, making her way home.

Mina happens upon the old lady who acted on the bus, she explains that her 'lines' were her real life.

Mina happens upon the old lady who acted on the bus, she explains that her "lines" were her real life.

A final stare of contempt as Mina the actress finally makes it home.

A final stare of contempt as Mina the actress finally makes it home.

DVD


The Mirror DVD Case

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External Reviews


By Stephen Holden The New York Times

School has just let out, and a little girl named Mina (Mina Mohammad-Khani) stands scowling at the curb of a crowded thoroughfare in the heart of Teheran while waiting for her mother. When no one comes, Mina, who has one arm in a sling, becomes impatient. A friend of a teacher volunteers to take her by motorbike to a bus stop. But before they arrive, Mina impulsively dashes off and hops on a bus that proves to be heading in the wrong direction. Continued



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