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About Elly

This Iranian film was made in 2009, prior to its writer-director Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning ‘A Separation’. As in that film, social strictures and tensions loom large in a film that defies easy prejudices in its early scenes of lively young Iranians leaving Tehran for a coastal holiday. Tagging along is Elly (Taraneh Alidousti, pictured), a teacher whom one of the women, Sepideh (Golshifteh Farahani), has invited in the hope that she’ll hit it off with divorced Ahmad (Shahab Hosseini). If it all sounds too modern to be true, it is: things go wrong when one of them has an accident and this group’s free-and-easy bubble is burst. The writing and direction lean towards the heavy-handed, but there’s much to chew on regarding tradition, progress and the power of the white lie. The film’s escalating energy, hysteria even, and moral debates will invite comparisons to the hothouse drama of ‘A Separation’.

Release details

Release date: Friday September 14 2012
Duration: 119 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Asghar Farhadi
Screenwriter: Asghar Farhadi
Cast: Golshifteh Farahani
Shahab Hosseini
Taraneh Alidoosti

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3.8 / 5

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Peter Ludbrook

For the first two-thirds of this film I was completely hooked by the direction and the ensemble playing of a superb cast. However as the lies and evasions piled up I found the plot became ludicrous and my capacity to suspend disbelief vanished. A pity really but I still think the film is worth 4 stars and shows that Farhadi is a major talent and well worth watching. Let's hope that he doesn't fall foul of the Iranian authorities as other film-makers have.

Neil

I agree with John. I found it riveting, and a real grower. One of the more memorable films I've seen this year.

john o sullivan

A bit misely with the stars ..asorbing brilliantl acted and directed..maybe not up there with a seperation but better than most films recieved this year