About Elly Reviews

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February 2, 2019
Farhadi once again reveals himself to be a master of the morality tale, beautiful presenting a series of encounters in which each character is morally and ethically questioned.
November 1, 2018
This is a tale of great emotional depth with intriguing philosophical discussions about the nature of despair, the value of individual choice and deception.
August 28, 2018
Simple, elegant, and yet incredibly complicated and tense. The action, the bombs, and the drama are all in the details. If you do not catch every word, change of tone, and glance, you'll miss a huge psychological, political, cultural explosion.
February 12, 2016
The set-up recalls Michelangelo Antonioni's L'avventura but this mystery becomes a vehicle for social drama and sharp observations of friendships and marriages under pressure.
January 2, 2016
Clever, compassionate, and completely riveting.
November 11, 2015
The film is both riveting and resonant in overwhelming measures, and will remain one of the best released this year.
November 5, 2015
This is a well-written, directed and acted film. The camera work by Hossein Jafarian is excellent. The story has a lot of sustained drama and mystery. Many women will view this very differently than most men in the audience.
August 25, 2015
[The film has] a flair for the quietly theatrical and the conviction that various codes of gender and honour (religious, tribal, legal, or whatever) outweigh human connections in moments of extreme stress.
August 2, 2015
About Elly stands as another strong example of one of the world's true emerging talents.
July 9, 2015
Farhadi has written a first-rate script, enabling intricate plotting to intertwine with well-defined characters, and "About Elly" shows him at ease with the wide variety of situations his writing explores.
July 2, 2015
The director is as concerned with gender politics and the effects of moral traditions as he is with telling a riveting drama.
July 1, 2015
Discoveries drive the viewing experience, with layers peeled masterfully by Farhadi, who guides an exceptional cast to realistic stages of shock and sadness.
June 26, 2015
By the time the mystery is solved, it hardly seems to matter. What matters is the casual lack of honesty that almost everyone seems to depend on.
June 24, 2015
If you don't know the work of Asghar Farhadi, you should.
June 12, 2015
Group mentality reaches for one lie after another in Iranian tale
May 22, 2015
Farahani, the standout among the cast, has a face Hollywood will soon be touting and can suffer on camera in ways the neorealists would have loved.
May 20, 2015
It's an incisive portrait of a particular society, but it should resonate everywhere.
May 10, 2015
"About Elly" is further certification that Farhadi is one of the world's finest filmmakers.
May 8, 2015
Digs painfully deep into gender politics among modern-day middle-class Iranians.
May 8, 2015
About Elly is devastating because the lies here are simultaneously necessary, useless, and so dreadfully familiar.
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