Theatrical Release Date: 26 Nov 2004
Home Ent. Release Date: 27 Jul 2004
Cert: Not Rated
Voted the most important director of the 1990’s in a recent poll of US critics, Abbas Kiarostami’s Ten is a perceptive and revealing portrait of contemporary Iran. A beautiful and articulate female driver (Mania Akbari) is picking up her young son from school. A less than harmonious exchange reveals that the woman has recently divorced her husband. From there the film goes on to look at the relationships that develop between the driver and her disparate passengers over the course of ten brief but intricately mapped-out journeys. Abbas Kiarostami’s Ten offers a development of his perennial themes and distinctive visual aesthetic whilst also succeeding as a satisfying and hugely compelling human drama. Other works include Through The Olive Trees, Palme d’Or winner The Taste of Cherry and The Wind Will Carry Us. Set entirely within the single location of the car’s interior and shot with just a handful of actors on digital video, Kiarostami delivers a humane, emotive and intelligent analysis of contemporary life and a radical yet intimate exploration of the wondrous possibilities of the cinematic medium.