The film loses the palpable tension it manages to set up in the beginning
"The Patience Stone" is essentially a monologue, and Atiq Rahimi (directing the adaptation of his own novel) doesn't have what it takes to make the story more dynamic.
| Original Score: 2/4
The movie makes all this single-room, beating-her-breast stuff more punishing than the novel does, and less rewarding as well.
While Atiq Rahimi's film may peel away the many layers of its female lead like an onion, the end result is still just an onion.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Speaking of patience, it will try yours.
| Original Score: 1/4
There's only so much anyone can do with a conceit that amounts to a movie-length speech delivered to a coma patient.
| Original Score: C-
What might have impressed on the stage-an attenuated monologue by the heroine-seems forced in the confined space of the dreary one-room bedroom set.
Farhani ... almost single-handedly carries the film; the range the Iranian actor displays here proves that she's destined for bigger things. Fans will just have to be patient.
| Original Score: 3/5
There are surprising developments and revelations along the way, and they all eventually dovetail into a beautiful conclusion.
| Original Score: A
Another absorbing lead performance from Golshifteh Farahani in Atiq Rahimi's The Patience Stone
| Original Score: 4/5
A beguiling and perplexing piece of conceptual slow cinema from Iranian director Atiq Rahimi.
The film burns with the collective anger of exiles, unfolding as an indictment of the Islamic customs and religious practices that oppress women in their native countries.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
The only ferociousness comes from Farahani... She gives The Patience Stone its gravitas.
Most impressive, however, is Farahani's lead performance. Though often pitiable, the heroine never registers as a martyr or a victim, but a relatable, multifaceted human being.
Some movies prove both immediately transformative - altering how we view the world as soon as we leave the theater - and long-lasting, demanding days or weeks of reflection.
| Original Score: 3/4
Farahani carries the movie almost single-handedly, and her performance is remarkable.
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.
It's a little on-the-nose. But "The Patience Stone" has Farahani, in nearly every shot, and in its meticulously paced way her movie-long confessional is something to see.
A genuine political psychodrama that makes its point with a sledgehammer.