The Patience Stone Reviews

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
March 11, 2014
A beautiful and haunting Afghan film about love, devotion, and a woman's 'duty'; a remarkable feminist story from the unlikeliest place on the planet.
Paul Gallagher
The List
December 11, 2013
As it progresses the woman's story is paralleled with several religious myths and it builds to a conclusion that is terrifying, far-fetched and powerfully-realised. The final moments resonate with a mythic quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
December 6, 2013
It's Rahimi's courage as both writer and director that makes this intense and perceptive picture so unflinchingly compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
December 6, 2013
A real one-off.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
December 5, 2013
By turns mysterious, moving, shocking and explicit - and very different from the kind of opaque and quietist cinema we might expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
December 5, 2013
A beguiling and perplexing piece of conceptual slow cinema from Iranian director Atiq Rahimi.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stefan Pape
HeyUGuys
December 3, 2013
Another absorbing lead performance from Golshifteh Farahani in Atiq Rahimi's The Patience Stone
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
December 2, 2013
In a war-raved city, a woman sits and talks to her husband. He doesn't say much, since he's been shot and he's in a coma.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
December 2, 2013
It requires a leap of faith, but this handsome-looking film offers a disarming combination of insight, compassion and provocation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
December 1, 2013
Co-writer Jean-Claude Carrière was Buñuel's screenwriter and this stark story of a life at odds with a society's laws bears the hallmarks of his earlier work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
November 27, 2013
Exploitational eyes aside, "Patience Stone" can be pretty mesmerizing nonetheless, and it does anything but let the male breed off easy.
Emma Myers
Film Comment Magazine
November 4, 2013
The film loses the palpable tension it manages to set up in the beginning
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
October 22, 2013
There are surprising developments and revelations along the way, and they all eventually dovetail into a beautiful conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
October 14, 2013
This visually static and dramatically interior film by Atiq Rahimi, adapted from his novel, is largely a play about two people.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 10, 2013
Directed by Atiq Rahimi and based on his novel, "The Patience Stone" speaks for all oppressed women, for all oppressed people for that matter.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
October 4, 2013
There isn't a false step from the quietly devastating Farahani; her tour-de-force performance carries the film through its rocky stretches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 3, 2013
Farahani carries the movie almost single-handedly, and her performance is remarkable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 3, 2013
With a piercing edge, "The Patience Stone" is a cry from behind the veil, where a suffocating woman weaves a new life of her own design.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
September 30, 2013
Farahani's central performance radiates with authenticity.
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
September 19, 2013
The bare room where the husband lies helpless becomes a confessional where Farahani pours out the woman's life story in a performance that grabs you with its quiet yet searing power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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