Director: Asghar Farhadi
From Asghar Farhadi, director of the Oscar-winning A SEPARATION, comes another gripping and powerful tale of secrets and lies…
Sepideh (the outstanding Golshifteh Farahani, Ridley Scott’s BODY OF LIES) is the young matriarch at the heart of a group of old friends who are taking a trip to the coast. Tagging along for the ride is the teacher of Sepideh’s daughter, the eponymous Elly (Taraneh Alidoosti, FIREWORKS WEDNESDAY), a reserved and gentle soul – at least on initial inspection – who is blissfully unaware that Sepideh has an ulterior motive for her invitation: the prospect of matchmaking Elly with the recently divorced Ahmad (Shahab Hosseini, A SEPARATION). This small deception on the part of Sepideh, while seemingly innocuous, is the trigger that will ultimately lead to a shocking twist, as her desperation to keep Elly with the group ends in tragedy.
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"a scorchingly good director...a masterclass in engrossing drama"
"superbly staged and shot.”"
"FILM OF THE WEEK, Critic's Choice"
"one of the world's most intelligent film makers"
"a really absorbing picture, powerfully acted, disturbing and suspenseful...Anyone who admired A Separation will want to see it...a fascinating psychological drama."
"superbly handled..a filmmaker of technical brilliance and serious moral inquiry."
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"Incredibly gripping and brilliantly directed, About Elly is a truly memorable and emotionally engaging Iranian drama with an outstanding lead performance by Golshifteh Farahani."
"Intriguingly structured and brilliantly performed, it is, like A Separation, a thoroughly engrossing tale…reconfirms Farhadi as both a master craftsman and a master storyteller"
"Farhadi never misses a beat…remarkable…deserves as much acclaim as Farhadi’s award-winner "
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"Powerful and emotionally devastating."
"elegant, edgy and touching "
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