Everybody Knows

Everybody Knows

Everybody Knows

Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem lead this Spain-set psychological drama from two-time Oscar-winning auteur Asghar Farhadi (The Salesman, A Separation).

"Laura (Cruz) travels with her teenage daughter and young son to the village where she grew up to attend her sister's wedding. She's left her husband Alejandro (Darín) back in Argentina and is free to plunge into the simple pleasures of her youth. But tensions run just under the surface with Laura's family, and the stray feelings she has for her old boyfriend Paco (Bardem), who now runs a nearby vineyard, might trouble the waters further. Still, everybody gathers to celebrate the wedding at a big village party, when the power cuts out... and Laura's daughter disappears." (Toronto International Film Festival)

2018Rating: M, Offensive language132 minsFrance, Spain, ItalySpanish with English subtitles
DramaMysteryThrillerWorld CinemaFestival & Independent

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Flicks, Amanda Jane Robinson

Flicks, Amanda Jane Robinson

Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem married in 2010, nine years after shooting Jamón Jamón, their first film together. Nine years and numerous collaborations later, they return, together on screen once again, this time playing ex-lovers in Asghar Farhadi’s suspense mystery thriller Everybody Knows.

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Vulture

Vulture

The mystery becomes popcorn-chompingly compelling, each new piece of information adding shading and dimension to the true shape of the family. Nobody is above suspicion or below empathy.

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Variety

Variety

Cruz may have the showier role, but the men - Bardem and Darín both - wind up baring their souls in astonishing ways.

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

The film is too laden with its own riches, a festival jewel that glares instead of gleams.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The performances themselves are so intelligent, mature and yet uninhibited. Farhadi's storytelling has overpowering force.

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Stuff

Stuff

The trailer and plot outline may make Everybody Knows sound like a thriller, but Farhadi has a more complex and nuanced story to tell.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

...I found the impeccable pace of this intriguing mystery immensely satisfying.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Absorbing enough but lacking in any real sense of revelation...this undeniably gifted storyteller seems firmly stuck on Cruz control.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The narrative keeps hobbling from one plot strand to the other without ever really becoming a gripping maelstrom of revelations as things get progressively worse for the characters.

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BBC

BBC

Still, with its rich story, its weighty themes, and the beautiful acting of its charismatic stars (and real-life spouses), Cruz and Bardem, it's the classiest soap opera around.

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