Everybody Knows (2018)

Everybody Knows (2018)

A Spanish movie from the Iranian director of A Separation

7.2

Movie

Argentina, France
Catalan, English, Spanish
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
2018
ASGHAR FARHADI
Barbara Lennie, Carla Campra, Eduard Fernandez
132 min

What it's about

Laura, a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her Argentinian husband and children. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open.

The take

Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem star in this mystery by Asghar Farhadi, the Iranian Oscar-winning director of A Separation and The Salesman. When Laura returns to her small Spanish hometown with her two daughters, she is greeted with the warm welcome worthy of someone who once was a loved member of the community. However, when an event concerning one of her daughters happens at a wedding, secrets come to the surface about her history that threaten the fabric of the whole village. Laura is masterfully played by Penélope Cruz, who seems to shift gears in this Spanish-language movie. Farhadi is outside of his usual territory, but he does what he does best: deliver a rich, thrilling family drama.

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Comments

It’s a good psychological thriller about family and secrets. I loved the actors, the story and the directing, but it still felt long. Perhaps better editing would have yielded a better movie.

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