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THE PATIENCE STONE

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DIRECTED BY ATIQ  RAHIMI

Based on the novel by Atiq Rahimi, winner of the Prix Goncourt, France’s most prestigious literary prize, and co-scripted by legendary screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière (who wrote BELLE DE JOUR), THE PATIENCE STONE takes place in an unnamed Middle Eastern country.  Beautiful actress Golshifteh Farahani (who is persona non grata in her native Iran for starring in Ridley Scott’s BODY OF LIES and posing nude in a French magazine) gives an electrifying performance in a reversal of the Scheherazade role: Instead of spinning fabulous tales to amuse her man, she sits by her injured, unresponsive husband and confesses to a litany of abuses she has suffered at his hands, among others. Critics have called her performance “mesmerizing,” “spellbinding,” “luminous,” and “a tour-de-force.”

FRANCE / GERMANY / AFGHANISTAN • 2012 • 98 MINS. • IN FARSI WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES •
SONY PICTURES CLASSICS

REVIEWS

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“ONE OF THIS YEAR’S BEST FILMS. A not to be missed experience.”
– Caryn James, Indiewire

“Achieves lift-off thanks to the power of a silenced woman’s story and a heart-rending performance.”
– Kimberly Chun, San Francisco Bay Guardian

“Impactful…a luminous central performance from Golshifteh Farahani.”
– Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

“Sensual and horrifying…mesmerizing, modern.  Featuring a tour-de-force performance by exiled Iranian Golshifteh Farahani.   Working with renowned screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere, helmer Atiq Rahimi successfully opens up his own Prix Goncourt-winning novel to create a strikingly cinematographic dramaturgy.  Beautifully lit costumes and production design provide pleasure for the eye.”
– Alissa Simon, Variety

“Golshifteh Farahani gives a memorable and moving performance in Atiq Rahimi’s poetic and poetically charged allegory.  A strikingly pertinent film.”
– Mark Adams, Screen International

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