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The Patience Stone

Director: Atiq Rahimi

Country:  France, Germany, Afghanistan

Year of Production:  2012

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Synopsis

Based on the best-selling novel by Afghan-born Atiq Rahimi (Winner of France’s prestigious Prix Goncourt) and co-adapted for the screen by the legendary Jean-Claude Carrière, THE PATIENCE STONE is a bold, powerful and ultimately uplifting story of one woman’s resolve to break free from silence and oppression, featuring a breath-taking performance from Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani (Asghar Farhadi’s About Elly, Ridley Scott’s Body of Lies).

In a country torn apart by a war, in Afghanistan or elsewhere, a beautiful young woman is left alone to care for her wounded husband who has been in a coma for the past two weeks. With no improvement in his condition, food and water in short supply and a war raging around her, she begins a heartfelt monologue in the hope that he will awaken and recover. She talks about her childhood, her dreams and frustrations, her loneliness, desires and suffering… For the very first time in her life she is able to confess her deepest feelings, believing he has become her ‘Patience Stone’, a magical stone which, according to Persian mythology, will deliver her from all her pain and torment.

Poetic and unflinching, THE PATIENCE STONE reveals the complex secrets of one woman’s life and love in a violent world of patriarchal confinement, in a story that is both deeply personal and resoundingly universal.

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Cast

Starring:  Golshifteh Farahani, Hamid Djavdan, Hassina Burgan, Massi Mrowat

Credits

Director: Atiq Rahimi

Writer(s):  Atiq Rahimi, Jean-Claude Carrière

Producers:  Michael Gentile

Editor:  Hervé De Luze

Cinematographer:  Thierry Arbogast

Music:  Max Richter

Production Details

Country:  France, Germany, Afghanistan

Year of Production:  2012

Language:  Dari

Subtitles: 

  • English

Duration:  98 minutes

Original aspect ratio:  2.35:1

Certificate: 

Genre(s): 

  • Drama

Theatrical Release Date:  6th December 2013

DVD Release Date:  3rd March 2014

Reviews

Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

"powerfully absorbing"

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Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

Kate Muir, THE  TIMES

"a small, perfectly formed gem…"

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Kate Muir, THE  TIMES

Charlotte O'Sullivan, EVENING STANDARD

"Golshifteh Farahani, is mind-blowingly good… A real one-off."

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Charlotte O'Sullivan, EVENING STANDARD

Malcolm Lewis, NEW INTERNATIONALIST

"Beautifully shot and performed..."

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Malcolm Lewis, NEW INTERNATIONALIST

David Parkinson, EMPIRE

"an electrifying performance from Golshifteh Farahani...a bold and perceptive picture that deserves the widest possible audience"

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David Parkinson, EMPIRE

Tobias Grey, FINANCIAL TIMES

"Truly captivating!"

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Tobias Grey, FINANCIAL TIMES

Trevor Johnston, TIME OUT

"Golshifteh Farahani's bewitching performance delivers a kaleidoscope of emotions"

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Trevor Johnston, TIME OUT

Philip Kemp TOTAL FILM

"a powerhouse performance from Golshifteh Farahani"

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Philip Kemp TOTAL FILM

Allan Hunter, DAILY EXPRESS

"A passionate, tour de force from Golshifteh Farahani…"

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Allan Hunter, DAILY EXPRESS

Philip Concannon, THE SKINNY

"Golshifteh Farahani’s performance in The Patience Stone confirms her status as one of the finest actors currently working."

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Philip Concannon, THE SKINNY

 

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