A woman, played by Mania Akbari, is driving through the streets of Tehran taking along and talking to various passengers. She successively drives around ten people, including her son, her sister, a bride, a prostitute, and a woman on her way to prayer. The common thread in all the exchanges is the upcoming divorce of the woman at the wheel from her husband and the strain this is putting on her relationship with her son.
Ten is another example of how Kiarostami blended real life with fiction. The story is based on actual events in the life of lead actress Akbari; her film son is played by her son in real life. This portrait of the city of Tehran also lays bare the male-female relationships in Iranian society. It inspired famous director Jafar Panahi to make his widely acclaimed 2015 film Taxi Tehran.