Panahi’s creativity is what wins here, making the interior of a taxi his set, and taking on the role of driver himself. His ‘customers’ offer all kinds of snapshots of Iranian society, but it is perhaps his ‘niece’ who steals the show. Having a young child parrot, and then question, the rules of film making according to her teacher certainly adds a new perspective to Panahi’s situation, even if, to be honest, it might just be a little pointed. But the girl is so engaging, it’s easy to forgive.
Very clever, and at times very funny film made by a man who is banned from making films in the country in which he lives.