The Patience Stone

The Patience Stone

The Patience Stone

Afghanistan wartime drama based on director Atiq Rahimi’s Prix Goncourt-winning novel. A partly allegorical tale, The Patience Stone follows a Muslim wife (Golshifteh Farahani) tending to her formerly abusive soldier husband who now lies comatose after being shot at war. With him in her care, she is able to speak to him for the first time without fear of censorship.

2012Rating: M, Violence, offensive language and sex scenes98 minsAfghanistan, FrancePersian with English subtitles
DramaWarWorld Cinema

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Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Afghan author Atiq Rahimi directs this tale, based on his own novel, of a woman in an unnamed city, during an unspecified conflict, nursing her paralysed older husband. It’s film as fable, a poetic cinematic allegory of the position of Middle Eastern Muslim women. Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani carries the majority of the movie in a committed performance, exemplifying female passion repressed by patriarchal power. As she pours her heart out to her immobile patient she reveals her life story and gains in confidence. Her inert husband becomes like the fabled patience stone: “Tell it everything. The stone listens and one day bursts. And on that day – you are freed.”

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Variety

Variety

Sensual and horrifying, The Patience Stone plays like a mesmerizing, modern take on the tales of Scheherazade and a parable on the suffering of Afghan women.

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Time Out

Time Out

Better to think of this as a star vehicle for Farahani, who almost single-handedly carries the film; the range the Iranian actor displays here proves that she’s destined for bigger things. Fans will just have to be patient.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

While there may be truths in some universals, it’s hard to forget that this tale has its roots in a bitterly real world.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

Farahani's magnetic presence goes a long way toward putting a human face on the film, more successfully than the material around her.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

It's the flesh-and-blood lead performance by Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani as a profoundly conflicted Muslim wife and mother that seals this cinematic deal. She's superb.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A luminous central performance from Golshifteh Farahani distinguishes an ambitious if somewhat monotonously wordy adaptation of a prize-winning best-seller.

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