The Patience Stone


The Patience Stone

Critics Consensus

It may prove frustratingly slow for some viewers, but more contemplative filmgoers will find themselves rewarded by The Patience Stone's quietly fierce storytelling, as well as a searing starring turn from Golshifteh Farahani.



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Author Atiq Rahimi's adapts his own bestselling novel about a Muslim woman whose paralyzed husband unconsciously assumes the role of a magical force, which shields her from the sorrows of life in her war-torn village. Her unnamed Middle Eastern country caught up in an insurrection, the loyal, thirtysomething wife faithfully sits watch over her vegetative husband, who has been all but forgotten by his brothers and fellow Jihadists. Over time, she gathers the courage to tell her husband all of the things she had remained silent about during their 10 years of marriage. Throughout the course of these missives, she speaks frankly of the disappointments, sorrows, and sacrifices that have made her life so difficult throughout the previous decade. Only weeks later, when the isolated wife enters into a relationship with a young soldier, does she begin to reveal the woman who she had kept locked up deep inside ever since the day she was married. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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as The Young Soldier
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as The Young Soldier

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  • A real one-off.

    Dec 6, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • By turns mysterious, moving, shocking and explicit - and very different from the kind of opaque and quietist cinema we might expect.

    Dec 5, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A beguiling and perplexing piece of conceptual slow cinema from Iranian director Atiq Rahimi.

    Dec 5, 2013 | Rating: 3/5
  • It requires a leap of faith, but this handsome-looking film offers a disarming combination of insight, compassion and provocation.

    Dec 2, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Directed by Atiq Rahimi and based on his novel, "The Patience Stone" speaks for all oppressed women, for all oppressed people for that matter.

    Oct 10, 2013 | Rating: A | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • 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.

    Oct 3, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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