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The Director considers at relationships as a game between the genders - a psychological game accompanied by the relation of power. The men use a game to watch over the women, and try to confine them within their domain. In the first episode, the woman says that she was engaged in a role-play of doctor-patient until the age of nine. The man asks her if the boy touched her breast during the role-playing. This reflects the man’s attempt to assure that the woman was untouched from the childhood play.
The title “20 Fingers” originates from the remark that the female’s grandmother makes. “On our body, there are 10 fingers and 10 toes, which makes 20. As long as it doesn’t exceed this number, a woman can engage in sexual activity with any man.” The man’s face becomes displeased with this remark because this kind of freedom of expression is only permitted to males. The following dialogue also reflects the male’s double standards and pretense. The woman asks, “If you were born as a woman, what would you want?” The man replies “I would want to have a relationship with every man whom I find attractive.” This Iranian film consists of six episodes in which the process of a man and woman meet, date and get married. The usage of long-take and hand-held cameras is unique to the film. It seems that the director uses the hand-held camera to capture the unstable nature of a female-male relationship. (Yoon Yong-soon)
Mania AkbariMania Akbari
Born in Iran in 1974, Mania Akbari began her artistic activities as a painter in 1991, participating in various exhibitions in Iran and abroad. In 2000, she commenced her career in film, first as a director of photography and then as an assistant director. She played the leading role in the film Ten (2003) by Abbas Kiarostami and was the co-director of the documentary Crystal (2003). She also wrote, directed and starred in the four video pieces Self, Repression, Sin and Escape in 2003, and in her feature debut film 20 Fingers.