Lisa Schwarzbaum
March 21, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Offside

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
92 minutes
Limited Release Date
03/23/07
performer
Sima Mobarak, Safar Samandar
director
Jafar Panahi
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
author
Jafar Panahi, Shadmehr Rastin
genre
Drama, Comedy

We gave it an A-

Girls just want to have fun — and cheer their team at a World Cup soccer event. But that’s not easy in Iran, where women are banned from public sporting events. Those caught sneaking in are detained by bewildered boy soldiers in Offside, Jafar Panahi’s wonderfully funny, outspoken shaggy-dog story, a light counterweight to his sadder 2000 feminist drama The Circle. Absurdity reaches a peak in a hilarious set piece involving a guard, a ”prisoner,” and an escorted trip to the men’s stalls when a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. A-

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