NO WAY OUT (Permis de rien)
Director(s): Negar ZOKA â€“ Writer(s): Negar ZOKA Contact Print page
The â€śDiamondâ€ť driving school is one of the oldest in Iran. â€śNo Way Outâ€ť follows the tribulations of several middle-aged driving instructors in their efforts to guide their young hopeful â€śprotĂ©gĂ©sâ€ť through the daily nightmare of Teheran trafficâ€¦where rules need to be learnt but are best forgotten if you want to get anywhere.
As the film crew itself struggles with a variety of regulations - be it filming codes or the necessity of authorizations - we dive deep into Iranian society with its contradictions, its doubts and diversity as well as its vivacity. Narrated by the director, Iranian herself, the film is as much a comedy as the portrait of a struggling society.
A story about personal freedom and morals, about finding the right path in a country where only the conman wins.
"...NĂ©gar Zoka films delicious dialogues, joyously outspoken, which demonstrate that life prevails over the stranglehold of regulations ...
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"... one of the most pleasant aspects of this documentary resides in the similarities with famous Iranian films, particularly the sequences in the car..."
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