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About Elly

Director: Asghar Farhadi

Country:  Iran

Winner Silver Bear Best Director Berlin Winner Best Film Tribeca

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Synopsis

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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Cast

Starring:  Golshifteh Farahani, Taraneh Alidousti, Shahab Hosseini, Merila Zarei, Mani Haghighi, Peyman Moadi, Rana Azadivar, Ahmad Mehranfar, Saber Abar

Credits

Director: Asghar Farhadi

Writer(s):  Asghar Farhadi

Producers:  Asghar Farhadi, Simaye Mehr, Mahmoud Razavi

Editor:  Hayedeh Safiyari

Cinematographer:  Hossein Jafarian

Music:  Andrea Bauer

Production Details

Country:  Iran

Language:  Persian

Subtitles: 

  • English

Duration:  118 minutes

Shooting gauge:  35mm

Original aspect ratio:  1.85:1

Certificate: 

Genre(s): 

  • Drama

Theatrical Release Date:  14th September 2012

DVD Release Date:  28th January 2013

Reviews

Philip French, THE OBSERVER

"outstanding…superbly acted, morally challenging, packed with
legitimate suspense, this is film-making of a high order."

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Philip French, THE OBSERVER

Mark Kermode, BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

"FILM OF THE WEEK...wonderful…I was really, really impressed by it…really outstanding"

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Mark Kermode, BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Nicholas Barber, Independent on Sunday

"a scorchingly good director...a masterclass in engrossing drama"

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Nicholas Barber, Independent on Sunday

Edward Porter, Sunday Times

"superbly staged and shot.”"

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Edward Porter, Sunday Times

Kate Muir, The Times

"FILM OF THE WEEK, Critic's Choice"

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Kate Muir, The Times

Derek Malcolm, Evening Standard

"one of the world's most intelligent film makers"

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Derek Malcolm, Evening Standard

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"a really absorbing picture, powerfully acted, disturbing and suspenseful...Anyone who admired A Separation will want to see it...a fascinating psychological drama."

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Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Anthony Quinn, The Independent

"superbly handled..a filmmaker of technical brilliance and serious moral inquiry."

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Anthony Quinn, The Independent

Allan Hunter, Daily Express

"masterful"

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Allan Hunter, Daily Express

Patrick Gamble, CineVue

"FILM OF THE WEEK Gut wrenchingly tense...profoundly affecting"

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Patrick Gamble, CineVue

Jennifer Tate, View London

"Incredibly gripping and brilliantly directed, About Elly is a truly memorable and emotionally engaging Iranian drama with an outstanding lead performance by Golshifteh Farahani."

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Jennifer Tate, View London

Alistair Harkness, Scotsman

"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"

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Alistair Harkness, Scotsman

Philip Concannon, Little White Lies

"Farhadi never misses a beat…remarkable…deserves as much acclaim as Farhadi’s award-winner "

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Philip Concannon, Little White Lies

Malcolm Lewis, New Internationalist

"impressive - convincing, very real, often shockingly, never less than gripping..."

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Malcolm Lewis, New Internationalist

Philip Kemp, Total Film

"Powerful and emotionally devastating."

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Philip Kemp, Total Film

Hannah McGill, The List

"elegant, edgy and touching "

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Hannah McGill, The List

Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph

"a coruscating drama wound tight as clockwork "

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