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About Elly(درباره الی‎‎)

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Iran, France · 2009
1h 59m
Director Asghar Farhadi
Starring Golshifteh Farahani, Tarane Alidousti, Shahab Hosseini, Merila Zarei
Genre Drama

Elly is a kindergarten teacher going on vacation in the North of Iran with her friends. One introduces her to Ahmad, a recent divorcee. They hit it off, but Elly suddenly disappears and Ahmad turns up unconscious on the beach. Secrets begin to surface amongst the group as they blame each other for what happened.

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Total Film by

Another shrewdly gauged study of our capacity for deception and self-deception from A Separation’s auteur. Emotionally devastating.


The A.V. Club by A.A. Dowd

This is clearly the work of a master in the making, an artist on the cusp of greatness. Farhadi may be fixated on fibbers, but there’s almost no one working today who makes films so emotionally honest.


Variety by Alissa Simon

While not equaling the depth of characterization of Farhadi’s previous films, About Elly takes the complexity of his storytelling to a fascinating level. However, the variable quality of the thesping also prevents the pic from being his best work.


Slant Magazine by Chuck Bowen

Asghar Farhadi's sensibility embodies a combination of empathy and paranoia that's striking considering that the latter is normally driven by self-absorption.


Time Out London by Dave Calhoun

The writing and direction lean towards the obvious, but there’s much to chew on regarding tradition, progress and the power of the white lie.


The Hollywood Reporter by Deborah Young

A taut, involving drama centered around the mysterious disappearance of a young woman, About Elly confirms director Asghar Farhadi as a major talent in Iranian cinema whose ability to chronicle the middle-class malaise of his society is practically unrivaled.


The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

Farhadi’s films are like moral whodunits, and as Sepideh and her friends gradually unearth the truth, he expertly buffets our sympathies in all directions until the very last shot.

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