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      Unveiled

      2005 1h 36m Drama List
      80% Tomatometer 10 Reviews 81% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings Iranian interpreter Fariba (Jasmin Tabatabai) escapes to Germany to avoid capital punishment for homosexual activity, but her application for political asylum is denied. Awaiting deportation, Fariba gains a new identity when fellow Iranian refugee Siamak (Navid Akhavan) kills himself. Disguising herself as a male, Fariba is released from detention as Siamak. Fariba begins working in a small-town factory while saving money for a fake passport that will let her live as a woman again. Read More Read Less

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      Andrew Sarris Observer [A] condemnation of German immigration practices as well as official Iranian intolerance toward love between women. Nov 23, 2005 Full Review V.A. Musetto New York Post Tabatabai delivers a strong performance and the script, although not always plausible, touches on important issues like bias against gays and Muslims. Rated: 2.5/4 Nov 18, 2005 Full Review Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News The parts are more valuable than the whole in Angelina Maccarone's Unveiled. Rated: 2.5/4 Nov 18, 2005 Full Review John A. Nesbit Old School Reviews laudable labor of love Rated: B- Mar 3, 2006 Full Review Ken Fox TV Guide ... powerful drama ... Rated: 3.5/4 Nov 23, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member I thought this was a good film. It appeared realistic, revealing a side of society that we do not get to see. I did not agree with David Ng's review in the Village Voice that began by referring to the heroine as "gender confused". I did not see that at all and thought she was very clear about her gender identity. She never "reinvented herself" as some critics have concluded. Her new identity was forced on her from without. I don't see this woman as confused in any way. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Very good film... Americans don't realize how good they have it here... what someone will sacrifice in other parts of the world, for our "natural" rights in the U.S.A. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member unveiled ended before it peaked, or perhaps thats just me wishing for a fairytale ending for 'em. absorbing watch though, one of the more decent ones around. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member A powerful story of self-preservation, determination, and caring. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member This film is refreshing in the way it's something so different from the usual lesbian romances. A plot that begins with an Iranian woman disguising herself as a man in order to avoid persecution is already heavier than the usual light-hearted fare. The protagonist really can pass for a man with the right hair and make-up, but what's even more important is that the relationship between Fariba and Anne is believable. It doesn't come out of nowhere, but rather, the feelings between them develop slowly, which makes sense considering both women have their reasons for not wanting to become attached. It's the rest of the story that might require some suspension of disbelief. The beginning in particular is rather far-fetched, and I didn't buy the ending, but in between there's still a compelling drama here that shouldn't be ignored. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member The film's blatant theft of many of Boys Don't Cry's central dramatic sequences is pretty annoying. that said, i enjoyed how the film tackled the worthy subjects of immigration and lgbt refugees, and jasmin tabatabai's soulful, genuine, and technically flawless performance is moving. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Iranian interpreter Fariba (Jasmin Tabatabai) escapes to Germany to avoid capital punishment for homosexual activity, but her application for political asylum is denied. Awaiting deportation, Fariba gains a new identity when fellow Iranian refugee Siamak (Navid Akhavan) kills himself. Disguising herself as a male, Fariba is released from detention as Siamak. Fariba begins working in a small-town factory while saving money for a fake passport that will let her live as a woman again.
      Director
      Angelina Maccarone
      Producer
      Ulrike Zimmermann
      Screenwriter
      Angelina Maccarone, Judith Kaufmann
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      German
      Release Date (DVD)
      Jun 3, 2008
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $3.0K
      Runtime
      1h 36m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Digital