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Offside (2006)

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Struggle of Women in a country that excludes them from entering the stadiums.

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Jafar Panahi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mohammad Asarian Mohammad Asarian ... Shxyxn
Sima Mobarak-Shahi Sima Mobarak-Shahi ... First girl
Shayesteh Irani Shayesteh Irani ... Smoking girl
Ayda Sadeqi Ayda Sadeqi ... Soccer girl
Golnaz Farmani Golnaz Farmani ... Girl with tchador
Mahnaz Zabihi Mahnaz Zabihi ... Girl disguised as soldier
Nazanin Sediq-zadeh Nazanin Sediq-zadeh ... Young girl
Melika Shafahi Melika Shafahi
Safdar Samandar Safdar Samandar ... Soldier from Azerbaijan
Mohammad Kheir-abadi Mohammad Kheir-abadi ... Soldier from Mashad
Masoud Kheymeh-kabood Masoud Kheymeh-kabood ... Soldier from Tehran
Mohammed-Reza Gharebaghi Mohammed-Reza Gharebaghi
Hadi Saeedi Hadi Saeedi ... Soldier
Masoud Gheyas-vand Masoud Gheyas-vand
Ali Baradari Ali Baradari ... Bus Passenger
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Storyline

"Offside" is about a group of Iranian girls who attempts to enter Tehran's Azadi Stadium dressed as boys in order to watch a big football match but some get caught and arrested. After the establishment of the Islamic Republic in Iran, women are not allowed to enter the stadiums. Written by Kaaveh

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In Iran, All Women Are Banned From Men's Sporting Events

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language throughout, and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

26 May 2006 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Hors jeu See more »

Filming Locations:

Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,003, 25 March 2007

Gross USA:

$180,530

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$551,169
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DTS | Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Panahi cast non-professional actors for the film, and the group of young girls in the lead roles were mostly university students that Panahi found through friends who all were passionate fans of football. See more »

Connections

Referenced in At the Movies: Episode #3.33 (2006) See more »

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Ey Iran
Lyrics by Hossein Gol-e-Golab
Music by Ruhollah Khaleghi
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Comedy about a tragedy
2 July 2006 | by stenssonSee all my reviews

In Iran, women are not admitted to soccer games. Officially it's because they are to be spared from the vulgar language and behavior of the male audience. But of course it is about sexism. Women are lower forms of human beings.

Some brave girls oppose this and try to get into the stadium by using different tricks. They are caught by soldiers and hold in a kind of cage, until the police will come and pick them up.

Despite the insane situation, this is a film with lots of humor. It's also encouraging to see how people always find different ways of fighting oppression. You'll get touched at the same time as you have lots of laughs. Good job by director Jafar Panahi. This is in many ways a heroic comedy.


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