Ten (2002 film)

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Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
Written by Abbas Kiarostami
Starring Mania Akbari
Amin Maher
Release date
  • May 20, 2002 (2002-05-20) (Cannes Film Festival)
Running time
89 minutes
Country Iran
Language Persian

Ten (appears as 10 during the opening credits) is a 2002 Iranian film, a docufiction[1] directed by Abbas Kiarostami, starring Mania Akbari and Amin Maher.[2]

It was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival[3] and ranks at number 447 on Empire magazine's 2008 list of the 500 greatest movies of all time.[4] The film ranked No. 47 in Empire magazine's "The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema" in 2010.[5] The French film magazine Cahiers du cinéma ranked the film as 10th place in its list of best films of the decade 2000–2009.[6] The film was later voted the 98th greatest film since 2000 in an international critics' poll conducted by BBC.[7]


The film is divided into ten scenes, each of which depict a conversation between an unchanging female driver (played by Mania Akbari) and a variety of passengers as she drives around Tehran.[8][9] Her passengers include her young son (played by Akbari's real life son, Amin Maher), her sister, a bride, a prostitute, and a woman on her way to prayer. One of the major plots during the film is the driver's divorce from her (barely seen) husband, and the conflict that this causes between mother and son.

Film details[edit]

Many of the cast were untrained as actors, and the film has an improvisatory element. Elements of the characters were based on the actual life of the main actress and her son. The film was recorded on two digital cameras, one attached to each side of a moving car, showing the driver and passenger respectively.

The film explores personal social problems arising in Iranian society, particularly the problems of women.

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Ten – article at Life and Nothing More, October 17, 2015
  2. ^ Ten – review by Peter Bradshaw at The Guardian, September 27, 2002
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Ten". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  4. ^ "The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time #447: Ten (2002)". Empire. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  5. ^ "The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema". Empire. 
  6. ^ Cahiers du cinéma #652, January 2010. [1]
  7. ^ "The 21st century's 100 greatest films". BBC. August 23, 2016. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
  8. ^ Driving Affect: The car and Kiarostami's Ten – article by Nicholas Balaisis at York University
  9. ^ Abbas Kiarostami's Ten - Reinventing the Road Movie – review by David Parkinson at Moviemail, June 26, 2013

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