Release Date : Feb 17, 2006 Wide Genre Movie :Drama,Art House & International,Comedy
Mpaa Rating : PG
Actors :Sima Mobarakshai,Safar Samandar,Shayesteh Irani,Mohamad Kheirabadi,Aida Sadeghi,Golnaz Farmani,Mahnnaz Zabihi,M. Kheyrabadi
A handful of girls struggle to make their way into the man's world of an Iranian soccer stadium in this comedy from writer and director Jafar Panahi. World Cup season is just around the corner, and Iran's team is playing a game against Bahrain that will determine who will be competing in soccer's greatest tournament. Nearly everyone in Tehran seems to be abuzz with excitement over the game, through officially soccer in Iran is quite literally for men only -- no women are allowed inside the stadium, and women's interest in the game is severely frowned upon. But that doesn't stop a number of girls from all over the city from trying to crash the game dressed up as boys; while some succeed, others are unable to fool security, and are sent to a holding bullpen in the stadium where they can hear the cheers of the crowd but can't see the game. One of the policemen watching over the girls (who range from rowdy tomboys to quiet and bookish types) is sympathetic and keeps them updated on the score and key plays, while another is a petty bureaucrat who suffers the mockery of his "prisoners." Offside received its North American premiere at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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New Review For Movie OffsideExhilarating, exuberant and drolly funny.
Carrie Rickey-Philadelphia Inquirer
The rare Iranian film that is not only thoughtful and thought-provoking but also a lot of fun.
John Monaghan-Detroit Free Press
Offside is a slow slog through bloated scenes with little happening. Framed and shot like a crude documentary, it proceeds in long, clunky takes, as if an editor couldn't be bothered.
Bruce Westbrook-Houston Chronicle
Humanizes the Iranians and shows that they're just as crazy about their sports as Westerners, if not more. If anything, it proves that soccer is truly an international language, providing an arena where anyone can communicate.
Bill Muller-Arizona Republic
A sociopolitical parable about women's rights in Iran doesn't sound like a thigh-slapper, but Offside scores a lot of laughs while making its ideological points.
Colin Covert-Minneapolis Star Tribune
[Director] Panahi has perfected the art of realist filmmaking, here turning his camera on scenes that seem more improvised or captured on the fly than staged.
Ann Hornaday-Washington Post
...reveals pockets of empathy existing in defiance of Iran's oppressive regime.
Posits an exhilarating, ephemeral sense of cultural inclusiveness
Fernando F. Croce-CinePassion
Another no-frills success from one of Iran's most accessible directors.
Engaging, insightful, and crowd-pleasing comedy sports drama.
Dennis Schwartz-Ozus' World Movie Reviews
A plea for cultural evolution that doesn't point fingers, instead only hoping that the next generations will wake up and take the sensible steps towards the future.
Jeffrey Chen-Window to the Movies
A phenomenal work... the sort of satire where reality is its own punchline.
A protest film that disarms the opposition with a feather, not a cudgel...
John Beifuss-Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
If you like to see an inspirational sports film, with an amusing spin on the genre, then Offside is well worth the watch.
Robin Clifford-Reeling Reviews
From the Western perspective, the feisty protagonists' predicament might seem silly, until it gradually sinks in that this treatment is business as usual in a backward land that seems to have gotten stuck in the Middle Ages. Alley Oop lives!
Jafar Panahi's film is disarming because it presents a mostly good natured, at times humorous, approach to issues that are extremely serious.
Brian Webster-Apollo Guide
A film of masks . . . Droll comedy and wry ironies artfully disguise Panahi's poignant questioning of national pride, governing the public good, and even the sadness mixed in with past victories.
Brian Gibson-Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
a gem that should not be missed.
Ted Murphy-Murphy's Movie Reviews
Its ruminations on secular Iranian nationalism are effectively couched within the characters, and the film, which won the Berlin Film Festival's Silver Bear but is banned in Iran, has a refreshing slyness to it, as if it's getting away with something too.
Marrit Ingman-Austin Chronicle
Although the game is not seen, it provides a kinetic, real-time, documentary-like backdrop for a story structured like a game itself, albeit one where neither compassion nor logic apply, and at which everyone loses.
Duane Dudek-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
It's not exactly exciting material, but Panahi's gentle humor and sense of realism keep it from becoming dull.
Loey Lockerby-Kansas City Star
Ultimately, satisfyingly joyous.
Josh Bell-Las Vegas Weekly
If you're seeking a movie that entertains while introducing you to uniquely different ways of life, Offside scores.
Jack Garner-Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
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Movie Overview For OffsideStruggle of Women in a country that excludes them from entering the stadiums.