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      No Bears

      Released Dec 23, 2022 1h 47m Drama Romance TRAILER for No Bears: Trailer 1 List No Bears: Trailer 1 No Bears: Trailer 1 2:05 View more videos
      99% Tomatometer 109 Reviews 82% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings NO BEARS portrays two parallel love stories. In both, the lovers are troubled by hidden, inevitable obstacles, the force of superstition and the mechanics of power. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      No Bears bears witness to Jafar Panahi's incisive filmmaking while urging viewers to examine the complex layers of a deceptively simple story: a man oppressed and suppressed by his country.

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      Namrata Joshi The New Indian Express Bear becomes a metaphor for fear. The filmmaker is not frightened of any dire forces. But he is also not willing to flee the consequences of his attempts at truth-telling. Mar 9, 2023 Full Review Ann Hornaday Washington Post In the auteur’s latest masterpiece, every moment is suffused with not just purpose, but captivating beauty. Rated: 4/4 Feb 23, 2023 Full Review Jenny Nulf Austin Chronicle [Jafar Panahi's] latest film, NO BEARS, is an ambitious, powerful piece... Rated: 4/5 Feb 21, 2023 Full Review Dustin Chang Floating World No Bears is perhaps the most damning film about the oppressive Iranian regime and perhaps the saddest Panahi film I've seen. Jun 5, 2024 Full Review Amparo Cabal EscribiendoCine When witnessing a film like this, in which the poetic power is given by the heroic act of continuing to film despite circumstances, it is impossible not to think that fiction is a privilege... [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 9/10 Jan 18, 2024 Full Review Alejandro Lingenti La Nación (Argentina) ... Perhaps Panahi's most raw and brutal film, as if the persistent censorship that engulfs him is already beginning to leave very deep wounds. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 4/5 Jan 18, 2024 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Helen Panahi is a true humanist and his movies although local are universal. No Bears is a masterpiece through which he explores the repression and entrapment of people and a society in all its forms — political, traditional, superstition, geographical, emotional. And he delivers them with sophistication yet simplicity. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Timur B I don't know. Better than bad but not enough of impact Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 11/04/23 Full Review Jason R Unsurprisingly, this isn't one I've heard of - such entries tend to be either surprisingly good or absolutely up themselves with the critics are just showing off they've heard of them. And, unfortunately, the fact that the director of this is now in jail suggests the latter - but here's hoping, eh?!? Well - "complex metafiction" doesn't really begin to describe what we've got here. In real life, Jafar Panahi is a director who is banned from making films and leaving the country. And, in this film, he plays a director who is banned from making films and leaving the country - and he's making a film featuring two actors who are planning on leaving the country. Except that, as the film progresses, it turns out that it's more of a documentary because they really are planning to leave the country. Hilarity ensues! Well, no - not really. I'd have to say I found the whole thing very confusing - partly due to the uber-meta nature of it all and also due to the very alien existence of all involved, particularly in the scenes shot in the village of Jaban, where Jafar goes to (spectacularly unsuccessfully) lay low from the authorities. I'm not sure whether it's Jafar's acting ability or inability that comes to the fore here but he also seems thoroughly confused by the place - I suspect it's the latter, but I'm happy to give him the benefit of the doubt. Considering the rest of the cast, I've absolutely no idea whether they are actors, film crew or complete amateurs - let's just say the performances are "natural" (they certainly don't feel out of place in the overall confusion). Surprisingly, given the overall confusion involved, there are actually no bears involved, but it is an interesting title, because the threat of bears is used to scare people away from various areas when there have never been any bears - but there are actually many worse things than bears which people just have to accept or ignore, until they are no longer able to do so. It does, to some extent, manage to reach a conclusion but I'd struggle to say I found it, or any of the film, particularly satisfactory - yes, it's a very worthy entry and Jafar has to be commended for his dedication to the craft, but for me that doesn't make it a great film (although I accept it didn't do me any harm to be educated in various areas). It will be interesting to see whether I fare any better with the next Iranian film on the list, which continues the confusingly meta theme because it's directed by Jafar's son (who is merely in exile) and is about a family's trip to the border, attempting to leave the country... At the time of writing, this film is available to stream on The Criterion Channel (I swear each new film brings up a new streaming subscription service) and to rent in all the usual locations, but I really don't think I can wholeheartedly recommend it. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 09/15/23 Full Review Laura M Surprisingly relaxed on the beginning; deeply moving by the end. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/12/23 Full Review Vince H I started online dating to find a better half. I was matched with this lady living in the next city. I fell deeply in love that I can't pass a night without us conversing. I got fond of her and I sent money and gifts on several occasions by requests from her or free surprises from me. After a while, she suggested we both invest in the future we are both planning. She referred me to a Crypto capitalist where I can invest my retirement funds to yield more and that's how I ended up losing $430.000.00 of cryptos. I later realized she was fake and probably some guy on the internet from a country I wasn't even aware of. I searched the internet for a solution and that's when I reached Cyber Genie being positively reviewed by their previous clients. I'm glad I contacted and reported the whole situation to him, I got all my sent money recovered. ( Cybergenie (@)Cyberservices(.) com ) is their contact... Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/21/23 Full Review Jon P "This movie is a political statement, and not an emotional experience with any thought or feeling invested in it. " Yup--the reviewer who said that got it right. I can only imagine there's been a campaign to promote the movie as a show of support for the director. There's just not much to grab your interest here on a human level. Even the most basic elements of the plot don't seem driven by understandable human motives (e.g., why the filmmaker is in the village in the first place), and the film doesn't even play with multiple possibilities to answer the question. Other plot elements feel forced and incoherent (something related to dust and smugglers). Ultimately feels empty. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 05/05/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis NO BEARS portrays two parallel love stories. In both, the lovers are troubled by hidden, inevitable obstacles, the force of superstition and the mechanics of power.
      Jafar Panahi
      Jafar Panahi
      Jafar Panahi
      Janus Films
      Production Co
      JP Productions
      Drama, Romance
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 23, 2022, Limited
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      1h 47m
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