• PG
  • 1h 32m
  • 2007
Certified Fresh94%
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This internationally award-winning film casually and sometimes caustically uncovers what binds us - and blinds us - to the differences between our ways of life in the West with modern day Iran. Fascinating, funny and tragic, it's 'a gem of comic action' that explores the ambiguity between the sexes" (The Hollywood Reporter). The Tehran soccer stadium roars with 100,000 cheering men - and only men. According to Islamic custom, women are not allowed, and the ambitious girls who manage to sneak in are caught and sent to a holding pen, guarded by male soldiers their own age. Duty makes the young men and women adversaries, but duty can't overcome their shared dreams, their mutual attraction, and ultimately their overriding sense of national pride and humanity.
© 2006 Jafar Panahi Productions. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh94%
Critics Consensus: A spirited film that explores gender politics with comedy, intelligence, and a variety of interesting characters.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Carrie Rickey

Exhilarating, exuberant and drolly funny.

March 3, 2019
Detroit Free Press
John Monaghan

The rare Iranian film that is not only thoughtful and thought-provoking but also a lot of fun.

June 21, 2017
Arizona Republic
Bill Muller

Humanizes the Iranians and shows that they're just as crazy about their sports as Westerners, if n...

March 3, 2019
Washington Post
Ann Hornaday

[Director] Panahi has perfected the art of realist filmmaking, here turning his camera on scenes t...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Iranian dramedy scores with gender equity issues.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Offside is an Iranian dramedy that explores the gender inequalities that affect that country's young soccer fans. It moves slowly and comes with subtitles, so younger viewers might be bored. But the story -- girls disguise themselves as boys to enter the stadium, where no women are allowed -- might appeal to teens. When they're discovered, the girls are penned up until a bus arrives to take them to jail. There are discussions of political and legal oppression of women, as well as past demonstrations against the state. Characters (soldiers, a teenage girl and a young boy) smoke cigarettes.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:March 23, 2007
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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