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3 Faces

by Greg Vellante
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Wednesday Jul 17, 2019
3 Faces

One of the most fascinating things about the recent works of Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi is that they exist at all. Slapped with a 20-year ban on filmmaking by the Iranian government, Panahi has gone on to create four films: 2011's "This is Not a Film" (it was), 2013's "Closed Curtain," 2015's "Taxi," and his most recent, "3 Faces." The cinematic artist, diving into films that embody both neorealism and political protest, is consistently giving the middle finger through his art.

"3 Faces" is no exception, a mesmerizing road movie that follows Panahi (as himself) and Iranian actress Behnaz Jafari (as herself) as they search for a young girl (Marziyeh Rezaei) who is seen at the beginning of the film begging for release from her conservative family. The intro, filmed from a mobile phone yet utterly gripping, demonstrates Panahi's deft ability to craft compelling work even with limited resources.

This work of cinematic defiance is now available from Kino Lorber in a radiant Blu-ray release. It's a perfect choice given its narrative, thematic, and visual strengths, and it's a worthy entry into the work of a filmmaker who has established two major stages of his career — both pre-ban and post-ban. While there's plenty in Panahi's oeuvre to admire, "3 Faces" isn't a bad place to start. Especially when you consider the film's improbable existence, this is a work that demands to be seen.

There isn't much in the way of bonus material, but the Kino Lorber release does include a booklet interview with Panahi by film historian Jamsheed Akrami. It's a great read, giving the viewer great insight into the filmmaker before or after watching the film. Other than that, don't expect any other supplemental material. But with a film this strong, it doesn't quite matter.

"3 Faces"
Kino Lorber Blu-ray


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