About Elly

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Darbareye Elly

Superbly acted, morally challenging, packed with legitimate suspense, this is film-making of a high order.” — Philip French, The Observer

Director: Asghar Farhadi
Year: 2009
Country: Iran
Running time: 116 mins
Censor Rating: PG - violence, coarse language

Producers: Asghar Farhadi, Mahmoud Razavi

Photography: Hossein Jafarian

Editor: Hayedeh Safiyari

Music: Andrea Bauer
With: Golshifteh Farahani, Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini, Merila Zarei, Mani Haghighi, Peyman Moadi, Rana Azadivar, Ahmad Mehranfar, Saber Abar

In Farsi with English subtitles

Festivals: Berlin, Fajr, Tribeca, London 2009

About Elly is the film that Iran’s Asghar Farhadi made before winning the Best Foreign Language Oscar with A Separation. Three years old, it is as fresh as paint: paint that hasn’t flaked or faded, paint that daubs a subtly encrypted anti-totalitarian message in the ‘simple’ fresco of its tragic tale. A woman disappears, presumed drowned, during a weekend trip to the Caspian… Her friends – though soon discovered to be barely that – roam the beach, bonding in their distress, wavering between hope and hopelessness… Here is the chatter of panic trying to organise itself. The body is bound to wash up, some say. But is there a body? The virtues that glowed with a scary wattage in A Separation – that incandescent social fable mixed with a mordant jostle of contrasting psyches – are softer here.” — Nigel Andrews, Financial Times