About Elly

About Elly

DVD - 2015 | Persian | Widescreen edition
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With the return of their friend Ahmad from Germany, a group of old college pals decide to reunite for a weekend by the Caspian Sea. The fun starts right away as they quickly catch onto the plan of lively Sepideh, who has brought along Elly, her daughter's kindergarten teacher, in hopes of setting her up with recently divorced Ahmad. But seemingly trivial lies, which start accumulating at the seashore, suddenly swing around and come back full force when one afternoon Elly suddenly vanishes.
Publisher: [United States] : Cinema Guild, c2015
Edition: Widescreen edition
ISBN: 9780781515191
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Feb 01, 2018

Looking forward to this from all the stellar reviews...but it was very slow...and boring.... do not recommend....

Jan 28, 2018

From the outset of his clever opening credits it’s obvious that not everything is what it appears to be in Asghar Farhadi’s absorbing mystery—part social critique and part morality lecture. Sumptuous cinematography alternates between shadowed interiors and the wide open Caspian sea, finding time to linger on a child’s tears or an adult’s tense face while a solid script defies Western notions of everyday life among Iran’s middle class. Using sly little tropes—a tire spins uselessly in the sand, twisting the truth results in physical illness, an offhand quote becomes prophesy—Farhadi shows how even the whitest of lies can spin the darkest webs while at the same time pointing a gently accusing finger at certain rigid social dictates and an omnipresent patriarchy. Heavy-handed at times with a few lapses of logic but the direction is tight and the cast is nothing less than perfection, especially Golshifteh Farahani’s Oscar-worthy performance as the beleaguered wife who invited Elly in the first place. A fine example of the right director with the right story finding the right ensemble of actors.

Dec 17, 2017

Besser eine Ende mit Schrecken als ein Schrecken ohne Ende - two ladies' story.

Feb 22, 2017

Massively over-rated (IMDB 8.1), this begins to fall apart around 30 minutes in. For what seems likes ages, the adults search for one of the children in the sea; afterwards, the family bickers amongst themselves for most of the remaining film; for some reason, they all agree to tell ridiculous lie after ridiculous lie; then it is revealed that they know nothing about Elly, not even her last name (How do you not know the last name of your child's teacher?)

Feb 15, 2016

a suspenseful and emotionally honest film about telling lies.

Farhadi films are a 'must watch'

Feb 02, 2016

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi has made two of the best art films of the last five years, “A Separation” (2011) and the “Past” (2013). I suspect the success of these two films brought about the release in the USA of his earlier film “About Elly” (2009). This earlier film “About Elly” weaves a story of terror, deception, anger, and suspense. The characters in this film find it so hard to face the truth, that they are constantly concocting lies that they do not realize just make their lives more difficult.

Jan 14, 2016

This is another brilliant film from the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi. It precedes his 2012 Oscar-winning production, “The Separation”, by three years but again shows his superb grasp of psychological drama. Here, the story focuses on a group of friends who are away for a weekend at the seaside and their responses when one of them, Elly, goes missing and is believed to have drowned. It maps the remorse, anger, blame and recriminations that arise after the event and the tangled web of consequences that come from not telling the truth. This intelligent and insightful film also demonstrates that people’s range of responses to tragedy is very similar the world over, irrespective of country or culture.

Nov 13, 2015

An excellent Iranian film showing how people react under stress and how little acts can having huge unintended consequences. Still it's always hard for me to airbrush out those head scarfs that women don't wear in private in the real world but still have to wear in films.

Oct 26, 2015

The mysterious disappearance of a kindergarten teacher during a picnic in the north of Iran is followed by a series of misadventures for her fellow travelers. This was a nice foreign film with English subtitles. Has some cultural base to draw from if you have interest in that part of foreign film.

Jan 11, 2015

Disappointed as I wasn't able to play in my machine !!

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