Quick-Thoughts: Jafar Panahi’s Taxi (2015)


Do you know how entertaining it is to watch a movie about a director (played by the actual director of this zany byproduct too) pretending to be a taxi driver who is confronted by people who are aware of themselves being actors and not nonfictional entities, concocting unprecedented scenarios to light up the screen with social commentary regarding the abusive state of an Iranian government that ignores the humanization of its citizens is? Taxi has tragic violence, dorky movie discussions, fishy traditions, sassy relatives, memorable personas, and welcoming gestures of roses. Imagine being the bold soul who secretly made this — Jafar Panahi once again proves to be a wildly creative force.

Verdict: B

“Taxi” is now available to stream on The Criterion Channel.

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