About Elly
aka Darbareye Elly
First screened in October 2009 / Most recently screened in July 2015
Director: Asghar Farhadi. Cast: Golshifteh Farahani, Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Mani Haghighi, Peyman Moaadi, Merila Zerai, Rana Azadivar, Ahmad Mehranfar, Saber Abbar. Screenplay: Asghar Farhani (based on a screen story by Asghar Farhani and Azad Jafarian).

Twitter Capsule: I'll avoid overt parallels to preserve a surprise worth preserving; script cheats a little, but fresh, disarming film turns memorably tense.

VOR:   Even if inspirations are clear and narrative occasionally feels over-managed, this is Iranian cinema like we rarely see and taut, market-friendly craftsmanship like one rarely comes across.

Photo © 2009 DreamLab Films/Here Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

(in October 2009: B)

Berlin Film Festival: Best Director

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