Ten (appears as 10 during the opening credits) is a 2002 Iranian film directed by Abbas Kiarostami and starring Mania Akbari. It was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and ranks at number 47 on Empire magazine’s 2008 list of the 500 greatest movies of all time
This movie takes you into the conversational car ride into gritty and heartwarming issues of gender inequality and social problems arising in Iranian society, particularly the problems of women. Very touchy story indeed
The film is divided into ten scenes, each of which depict a conversation between an unchanging female driver (played by Mania Akbari) and a variety of passengers as she drives around Tehran. Her passengers include her young son (played by Akbari’s real life son, Amin Maher), her sister, a bride, a prostitute, and a woman on her way to prayer. One of the major plots during the film is the driver’s divorce from her (barely seen) husband, and the conflict that this causes between mother and son.
Many of the cast were untrained as actors, and the film has an improvisatory element. Elements of the characters were based on the actual life of the main actress and her son. The film was recorded on two digital cameras, one attached to each side of a moving car, showing the driver and passenger respectively.
As you know the simplest ideas always works best, and especially with Abbas Kiarostami’s wit is strikingly at best the human emotions can relate…..
- Written & Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
- Casting: Mania Akbari & Amin Maher
- Release dates: May 20, 2002 (Cannes Film Festival)
- Running time: 89 minutes
- Country : Iran
- Language: Persian