Thursday, 5 February 2015

About Elly, a film by Asghar Farhadi

I bought this 2009 Iranian produced film (with English subtitles) recently, based on the fact that Asghar Farhadi's previous film Separation had been one I fell for.
Having received several awards and  been nominated several times, this powerfully acted psychological and to a certain extent disturbing drama centered on questions related to what is morally right or wrong and on how one's perception might shift as the story unfolds bringing to the surface secrets and lies and exposing the fragility of group relationship's boundaries, has touched me to the point of having wished it was in English so I could show it and have it discussed in the oral English language development  classes.

"Gripping as sheer storytelling, the plot smoothly raises some unusual moral questions. It touches on masculine honours, on the way a thoughtless laugh can wound someone's feelings (...)".

" A mystery thriller of sorts that epitomizes the Sir Walter quote - Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive."


"A bitter ending is better than an endless bitterness"... 


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