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About Elly (2015)About Elly (2015)

About Elly (2015)

Farhadi delivers a thrilling mystery replete with powerhouse performances and thought-provoking ideas.

Drama

best
THE VERY BEST

9.0

movie

France, Iran

German, Persian

Dramatic, Suspenseful, Thought-provoking

2009

Asghar Farhadi

Ahmad Mehranfar, Golshifteh Farahani, Mani Haghighi

119 min

Synopsis

The mysterious disappearance of a kindergarten teacher during a picnic in the north of Iran is followed by a series of misadventures for her fellow travelers.

Our Take

9.0
Ras DelTaro

Having only made its way to the US six long years after its initial release, this is the long-awaited film from the Oscar-winning director of A Separation—Asghar Farhadi. First off, for full disclosure, Farhadi does not miss and we here at A Good Movie to Watch are unabashed fans of his. At the heart of his fourth film lies a haunting mystery. A group of old friends and relatives reunite for vacation in Northern Iran with one of them bringing Elly to the group, intent on introducing her to her friend Ahmad, a divorcee visiting from Germany. It looks like everything would work out as planned when, suddenly, Elly has vanished. In the habitual Farhadi style, the unfolding mystery and poignant questions about gender and politics are helped along by a subtle script, delicate directing, and on-point performances, including from one of the most well-known Iranian actors of today, Golshifteh Farahani. In addition to being an enthralling watch, it will let you catch a glimpse of the delicate balance struck by middle-class, modern-day Iranians, caught between their own expectations and those of society and tradition.

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