The Circle

The Circle ★★★★½

Harsh treatment here as Panahi's brutal honesty made waves and he certainly got the world's attention upon release. Imprisonment, the hospital sadness after news of a little girl instead of a boy, and the countless insults spell total oppression for these women. I can't help but think of the dire circumstances of Jews running from the Nazi party - it's that extreme. Nothing can smooth over the child abandonment scene, it cuts deep, but the story needed to be told. The emotional saving grace is how these women have strength in numbers, assisting each other at great lengths and often showing bravery.

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