Saturday, April 14, 2007

The Day I Became A Woman (2000)

Directed by Marzieh Meshkini, wife of acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf, this film tells three intertwined tales of women's struggle for identity in their native country, from the young to the elderly. Episode one, entitled "Havva," concerns a young girl on the morning of her ninth birthday. Against her better wishes, she is forced to stay home, away from her best friend who has asked her to play with him, due to her mother and grandmother's proclamation that she is now a woman. Learning she was born at noon, the young girl requests one more hour to do what she wishes so she can be a girl one last time. Episode two, entitled "Ahoo," follows a young woman who is being pursued on horseback by her stern husband, whom she is fleeing on bicycle in the midst of a women's biking race. Soon, her in-laws and relatives are also pursuing her, and she must make a quick decision about whether or not to return to family life. The final episode, called "Houra," follows an elderly woman who enlists the help of a young boy and his friends to take her on a shopping spree, where she intends to buy all of the things she has ever wanted out of life. ~ Jason Clark, All Movie Guide

An appealing film for its visuals as well as its subtle indications on life for Iranians on the island of Kish Island. Out of the three, I felt that the little girls story of becoming a woman was the saddest. With her stick as a sun dial, she tried to extend her life as a person equal with young boys and her life of freedom. Although she does not realize what her life has in stake for her, she realizes the value of being still a little girl.

The middle aged woman shows how her life is not hers, even when her husband requests a divorce and supposedly gets it.

And the older woman is free from the constraints of society (no chaperone) but has no one to share them with. She even asks if one of the boys will go with her. She only wins by outliving the rest.

Rating: 3.5 (/5)

Tourism in Kish Island

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