The Patience Stone

(Syngué sabour)
(UK, France, Germany, Afghanistan, 2012, 102 mins, DCP)
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Cast Golshifteh Farahani, Hamid Djavdan, Hassina Burgan, Massi Mrowat
EXEC PROD Hani Farsi
PROD Michael Gentile
SCR Atiq Rahimi, Jean-Claude Carrière
CAM Thierry Arbogast
ED Hervé de Luze
PROD DES Erwin Prib
MUS Max Richter
PROD CO Film / Studio 37 / Corniche Group / Razor Film / ARTE France Cinéma / Jahan-E-Honar Productions
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In a Muslim country torn apart by war, a beautiful woman in her 30s cares for her comatose husband. She relieves her burden by confessing her frustrations, dreams and desires… Both sensual and horrifying, The Patience Stone plays like a mesmerizing, modern take on the tales of Scheherazade and a parable on the suffering of Afghan women. Adapted from his Prix Goncourt-winning novel by Afghanistan-born, France-based writer-director Atiq Rahimi (with co-scripter and Buñuel collaborator Jean-Claude Carrière), the film features a tour-de-force performance by exiled Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani (About Elly), Eastern rhythms and European polish. Indeed, the beautifully lit costumes and production design are pure pleasure for the eye.

The unnamed woman is alone with her two daughters and the body of her paralyzed husband when their decrepit neighbourhood becomes the frontline of a seemingly never-ending war. Her husband’s brothers and his Jihadist companions have abandoned them, not caring about the fate of what they regard as worthless females. Irony abounds. Although the husband was once a soldier, his life-threatening injury, a bullet in the neck, was sustained in a barroom brawl over an insult. He is wounded, but it is she who suffers…

"One of the year’s best films. A not-to-be-missed experience. Eloquent. The film’s great power comes from [the characters’] emotional honesty. Enrapturing… laden with rich, textured details."—Caryn James, Indiewire

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