Watch: تاکسی 2015 123movies, Full Movie Online – When you are a filmmaker and you are not allowed to direct movies any more, you have to retrain. So why not become a taxi driver? Or better, why not pretend you are a taxi driver and make a film despite everything? This is what Jafar Panahi has done. Now he invites you to get into his cab for the price of a cinema ticket, to ride through the streets of Tehran and discover its people in the persons of his various passengers..
Plot: A yellow cab is driving through the vibrant and colourful streets of Tehran. Very diverse passengers enter the taxi, each candidly expressing their views while being interviewed by the driver who is no one else but the director Jafar Panahi himself. His camera placed on the dashboard of his mobile film studio captures the spirit of Iranian society through this comedic and dramatic drive…
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A daring tribute to film-making in difficult times/places
The genre of films made in or about taxis has already produced some masterpieces: Taxi Lisboa” (1970) and Night on Earth” (1991). Now Jafar Panahi, living in Tehran, has made a very important film that gives us Westerners a glimpse of what it is like to live in the Iranian capital nowadays. This is already his third movie that he made unlicensed and undercover. In 2010 he was imposed a 20 years’ ban on producing films, is not allowed to leave the country and was put into prison. Iranian film-making is of two kinds, Panahi mused: local films for the public in Iran, heavily censored and films produced with the idea in mind to participate in international film festivals. He was awarded the Berlin Golden Bear this year. Viewing this film one feels really disconcerted by the director’s taxi driving- and-filming stunt, his composed feature and the chaotic lives that passengers bring with them into the cab. Tehran has 12-15m inhabitants, with urban transport being chronically difficult. There are buses and taxis, but an underground system is still under construction. Taxis then are an obvious choice for the setting of an under- ground” movie that discusses Iranian lives and hopes for a better future. The main theme of the film is how one can live in a society where strict laws are enforced about many things that seem to us unimportant or even trivial: A woman going to a basket ball game may be harassed and even arrested. It is the women characters then who make some very strong statements in the film. There is a lawyer and human rights activist, a friend of Panahi’s, who was herself punished with a prison sentence, but pursues in her activities. Then the heroine of the film: supposedly Panahi’s niece, a very bright school-girl who films street scenes and the director/taxi- driver/uncle with her i-Phone, is learning about film-making that can be shown” in Iran, i.e. that would pass censorship. Life in a society that is strictly controlled by guards and police, laws that seem hard or impossible to be observed finds loopholes and the open question is how much Iran’s government really is in control. But then of course the enforcement of laws may be random or imposed rather on the poorer levels of society.
Inventive and moving film from one of Iran’s ‘banned’ film makers
Jafar Panahi has been making films for a while that have annoyed the Islamic Republic of Iran’s authority- ‘Offside’ being my favourite. This has brought him a ban from making films. So he has made a film of him as a Taxi driver – not a very well informed driver by all accounts. He then drives around Tehran picking up customers and listening to their stories.
In Tehran it seems that people often share a taxi and that results in some quite fiery exchanges where opinions differ. It seemed to me to be a bit obvious that these are actors. However, I have since found out they are all uncredited non professional actors – whose identity remains anonymous. It is what they say and the stories they tell that make this fascinating. By allowing them to speak he is peeling back the layers of Iranian society and exposing the control and corruption of a State that suppress all ‘sordid reality’ – a subject matter that is banned from ‘distributable’ films and ‘heroes don’t wear ties’ but they d have Islamic names only.
Jafar Panahl said at the Berlin Film Festival “Nothing can prevent me from making films since when being pushed to the ultimate corners I connect with my inner-self and, in such private spaces, despite all limitations; the necessity to create becomes even more of an urge.”
If he can make such a moving and thought provoking film under such restrictions then I can only wonder at the possible results were his abilities given free rein. If you want to learn from film as well as watch something unique then I am sure you will get a lot out of seeing this unusual film.
Original Language fa
Runtime 1 hr 22 min (82 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Comedy, Drama
Director Jafar Panahi
Writer Jafar Panahi
Actors Jafar Panahi, Nasrin Sotoudeh
Awards 8 wins & 9 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.78 : 1 (theatrical ratio)
Camera Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Digital (HD)
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format DCP (Digital Cinema Package)