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About Elly

Darbareye Elly
Iran, 2009
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Scr.: Asghar Farhadi
Phot.: Hossein Jafarian
Editor: Hayedeh Safiyari
Music: Andrea Bauer
Cast: Golshifteh Farahani, Taraneh Alidousti, Mani Haghighi
Distributor: DreamLab
Format: 35 mm
Color
119 mins

In his fourth feature, talented writer-director Asghar Farhadi casts a revealing light on the elaborate culture of deceit that’s part and parcel of modern Iranian society with a gripping drama about upper-middle class Tehranis on a catastrophic seaside holiday. Pretty, warm nursery school teacher Elly is an uncomfortable outsider among a group of old university friends. She is dragged along to the Caspian Sea by overly insistent Sepideh, with the hidden agenda to make a match between Elly and Ahmad, who is newly divorced from a German woman and desirous of an Iranian wife. As the outing progresses, casually told lies accumulate at an alarming rate and ultimately come back to haunt the tellers. Although the film starts as a comedy of manners, after an alarming incident at the 45-minute mark, Farhadi ratchets up the tension, and the film becomes a mystery thriller.

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