The Patience Stone Reviews

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December 6, 2013
A real one-off.
December 5, 2013
By turns mysterious, moving, shocking and explicit - and very different from the kind of opaque and quietist cinema we might expect.
December 5, 2013
A beguiling and perplexing piece of conceptual slow cinema from Iranian director Atiq Rahimi.
December 2, 2013
It requires a leap of faith, but this handsome-looking film offers a disarming combination of insight, compassion and provocation.
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.
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.
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.
September 19, 2013
A startling fantasy of Muslim feminist empowerment that allows the Iranian-born actress Golshifteh Farahani to put on what amounts to a one-woman show.
September 16, 2013
The details of the woman's life are like a crash course in the sociology of a country living through turmoil ...
September 12, 2013
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.
September 6, 2013
[A] quietly fierce condemnation of fundamentalist Muslim society's treatment of women ...
September 5, 2013
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.
September 5, 2013
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.
September 5, 2013
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.
August 29, 2013
From beginning to end, it's a very human story.
August 23, 2013
Amid these horrors, the young wife retains not only the frailty but also the incandescence, the sheer staying power, of beauty.
August 22, 2013
It's a tragedy streaked with nightmare farce.
August 16, 2013
"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.
August 15, 2013
Speaking truth to power - all manner of truths, to any kind of power - is at the core of "The Patience Stone."
August 15, 2013
Life and death circle each other restlessly and then furiously in the Afghan-set movie "The Patience Stone."
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