This comedy follows a determined female election official (Nassim Abdi) and the grumpy soldier (Cyrus Abidi) assigned to escort her as she tries to collect votes on a remote Iranian island. The soldier, one of two assigned to stand guard on the island, is aghast at the thought of a woman giving him orders, and complains constantly. She is just as stubborn in her determination to wring every vote out of an island inhabited almost entirely by illiterate shepherds and smugglers who would rather that the government not even know that they exist at all. Director Babak Payami's film is an extended battle of the sexes that takes a few digs at the Iranian political process along the way. ~ Tom Vick, Rovi
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Great cinematography and interesting perspective on Islamic culture, but SO SLOW!!! I would recommend this for those interested in seeing glimpses of other cultures, or those who enjoy personal development stories, but the plot development creeps at a snail's pace and the comedy is non-existent.
Very slow movie. No sure what to make of it. The movie was about voting. One interesting note was the soldier's unhappiness with a female vote collector. And the vote collector's dedication to her work. It showed the conflict which we see in every society. Women who desperately want to be treated as equals yet keep their feminine status and men who are not sure what to make of it. I am also sure the traffic light had some deep meaning but for the life of me don't know what.
Watch it if you are the type who likes to find meaning in stuff. Don't watch it if you go to movies to forget your own life.
There must have been something in the translation that left the comedy out of this film becuause I did not laugh or even giggle during the first 30 mins of the movie. The subtitles were extremely drab and I have to think there was something lost in the translation. If a movie doesn't have me interested by 30 mins than I shut it off, which is what I did. Don't waste your time.