At Five In The Afternoon (Panj E Asr)

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(out of 5)


Politically inspiring but only fitfully entertaining look at women living under Taliban rule.  Nogreh () secretly attends an all-female school and hopes her father won’t find out about it, hoping to someday become Afghanistan’s first female president. At home, her sister-in-law nurses a starving baby while awaiting news of her husband’s return, the two of them living with their father in the ruins of a building until they decide to leave after displaced squatters take over the pile of rubble they call home.  Finding another place to reside is no picnic for this trio, with the child’s health only growing worse while optimistic Nogreh sticks to her plans to better educate herself and achieve her dream (and why not, if Pakistan can stand a female leader?)  Early scenes of women discussing their situation in school are extremely powerful, and smart visual cues like Nogreh’s attachment to pair of white high-heeled shoes are not painfully contrived.  The film fully achieves its aims of showing the other side of post-9/11 life, but director Samira Makhmalbaf’s efforts don’t necessarily match her intentions and many parts of the film are a slog to sit through.


Iran/France2003

Directed by

Screenplay by Samira Makhmalbaf, based on the novel by Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Cinematography by Ebrahim Ghafori, Samira Makhmalbaf

Produced by , Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Music by

Film Editing by Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Film Festivals: Cannes 2003TIFF 2003


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Cannes Film Festival Award
Jury Prize


AtFiveInTheAfternoon

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