About Elly

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From the acclaimed director of A SEPARATION (Oscar, Best Foreign Language Film) and THE PAST comes this mystery-thriller, set among a group of Iranian college friends visiting the Caspian Sea for a holiday weekend. As with Farhadi's better known films, ABOUT ELLY concerns the affluent, well- educated, cultured, and only marginally religious members of Iran's upper-middle-class. "Yet as in A SEPARATION, it's not hard to detect a subtext: a critique of the lies and evasions that permeate Iranian society." (Philip Kemp, Sight & Sound) Elly, invited as a possible romantic interest for one of the newly single men, disappears from the group without a trace. The festive atmosphere quickly turns frantic as friends accuse one another of responsibility. Plot-wise, Farhadi's drama has been compared to L'AVVENTURA; but the film is less concerned with Elly's disappearance per se than with exploring the intricate mechanisms of deceit, brutality, and betrayal which come into play when ordinary circumstances take a tragic turn.

Film Detail

Subtitle: Darbareh Elly
Running time: 119 min.
Year: 2009
Country(ies): Iran
Language(s): Persian
Director(s): Asghar Farhadi
Producer(s): Asghar Farhadi, Mahmoud Razavi
Writer(s): Asghar Farhadi
Cinematographer(s): Hossein Jafarian
Editor(s): Hayedeh Safiyari
Music: Andrea Bauer
With: Taraneh Alidousti, Golshifteh Farahani, Mani Haghighi


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