Rent Secret Ballot (2001)

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1h 45min
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Synopsis:
In Babak Payami's wry satire, an unsuspecting soldier awakens to discover that he can forget about another uneventful day at his remote Iranian island outpost. It's Election Day! A ballot box is parachuted down as a young woman pulls up to the shore, who turns out to be the government election official, much to the surprise of the soldier who was expecting a man. When he is ordered to accompany the idealistic young bureaucrat across the dusty desert in search of votes - a hunt that literally leaves no stone unturned - the soldier is thrown into an electoral adventure that may just put him out of a job.
Many a surprise lies along their route, as the unlikely pair find themselves in one absurd situation after another.
Actors:
Nassim Abdi, Cyrus Abidi, Youssef Habashi, Farrokh Shojaii, Gholbahar Janghali
Directors:
Writers:
Babak Payami
Aka:
Raye makhfi
Studio:
Artificial Eye Film Company Ltd.
Genres:
Comedy
Countries:
Iran, Comedy
Awards:

2001 Venice Film Festival Silver Lion

BBFC:
Release Date:
24/02/2003
Run Time:
105 minutes
Languages:
Farsi
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • 'Making-of' documentary
  • Production notes
  • Director's biography

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Reviews (1) of Secret Ballot

democracy is arriving! - apparently. - Secret Ballot review by CP Customer

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19/06/2007

this is an interesting film giving insight into the difficulties of a country tentatively experimenting with the democratic process. we see ballot day on a small island off the coast of Iran where a female election agent from the mainland is escorted around the island by a soldier stationed there. the girl is an idealist with a passion for democracy and a strong belief that it can benefit the people, while the soldier is somewhat jaded. the human aspect of the film is where the charm is - between the two main characters and with the various people they encounter on the island that they encourage to vote. a rather basic film but certainly one that's worth watching.

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