The Patience Stone
Syngué sabour
Film Info
Section:New Directors
Premiere Status:France
Year of Prod:2012
Running Time:98
Original Language:Farsi
dir:Atiq Rahimi
prod:Michael Gentile
scr:Jean-Claude Carrière
Atiq Rahimi
cam:Thierry Arbogast
editor:Hervé de Luze
mus:Max Richter
cast:Golshifteh Farahani
Hamid Djavdan
Hassina Burgan
Massi Mrowat
source:Sony Pictures Classics
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Bombs drop outside as a young wife and mother, deserted by her in-laws, stays at home tending to her comatose husband. Devoutly Muslim and traditional, she struggles to pay for his life-preserving serum and to keep her little daughters safe. In her hours alone with her unresponsive husband, the wife relieves her burdens by speaking honestly about their marriage. This film from an Afghanistan-born filmmaker, besides showing us an aspect of the Middle East rarely seen in films here—a woman struggling to survive in wartime—also expresses the sensuality that Muslim women are forced to veil along with their bodies. That she blossoms before an inert husband whose presence is still intimidating, creates an almost unbearable tension that shatters in the final moments of this powerful and daring film. Golshifteh Farahani (About Elly, Chicken With Plums), exiled from Iran, won best actress honors at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.
-Frako Loden
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Additional Information

Atiq Rahimi

Atiq Rahimi, born in Afghanistan and based in France, is a novelist who has adapted and directed his own works for the screen. Earth and Ashes (2004) was based on his best-selling novel and won numerous prizes. His 2008 novel Syngué Sabour, his first in French, won France’s most prestigious literary prize, the Prix Goncourt, and was translated into English as The Patience Stone. Dividing his time between Kabul and Paris, in 2008 Rahimi created and developed Afghanistan's first soap opera, the popular Raz ha een Khana (Secrets of This House).