About Elly 2009

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From the Oscar-winning director of A Separation comes a gripping tale of secrets and lies amongst a tight-knit group of friends holidaying on the Caspian Sea. With an expertly paced narrative and an impressive ensemble cast, including Golshifteh Farahani (Body of Lies), ABOUT ELLY is a cinematic masterclass that works as both a thriller and a convincing character study. Intelligent, shrewd and meticulously crafted, ABOUT ELLY confirms Asghar Farhadi’s status as one of World Cinema’s finest talents.

Starring:
Golshifteh Farahani, Shahab Hosseini
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About Elly

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 54 minutes
Starring Golshifteh Farahani, Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Merila Zarei, Mani Haghighi, Peyman Moadi, Rana Azadivar, Ahmad Mehranfar, Saber Abar
Director Asghar Farhadi
Genres Drama
Studio AXIOM
Rental release 28 January 2013
Main languages persian
Subtitles English
Original title Kanojo ga kieta hamabe

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 10 Feb 2013
Format: DVD
This is a film from acclaimed director Asghgar Farhadi (`A Separation') and pre dates that, being made in 2009. It is about three middle class families who are going for a long weekend from Tehran to holiday by the Caspian Sea. Sepideh (Golshifteh Farahani -`Body of Lies') invites her daughter's teacher Elly to come along, with the ulterior motive of a bit of match making with their recently divorced friend Amhad played by Shahab Hosseini who also featured in `A Separation'.

On arrival they have to take alternative accommodation as Sepideh has got the booking wrong, so they end up in a run down `villa', the sort you see on programmes about holidays from hell. Undeterred they clean it up and start to get down to the serious business of having fun and everyone seems to be getting on really well. However, Elly says she has to go home as her mother is recovering from a heart operation and does not want to leave her alone. Sepideh has other plans and determined to make romance blossom, she hides Elly's bag, meanwhile the children are playing on the beach and Elly is left to watch after them. The next thing is one of the little girls raises the alarm that one of the boys is in the water.

What happens next would be a plot spoiler to say, but the effect of not letting Elly leave cause problems for everyone and the recriminations and blame laying start to snow ball. The more the lies they tell to one another the worse it gets.

This is an extremely well made film; it is both beautifully shot and directed. The acting is all top notch and the camera work is such that it has a fly on the wall feel at times as this was clearly not shot in a studio.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gerry Valjean 24602 on 27 Jan 2014
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I can’t say that this film is much fun to watch but it is never less than interesting and holds its suspense until the very end. The film is called ‘About Elly,’ and it is, but mostly in her absence!
The story line is unusual and clever with several twists as it builds towards its climax. It’s a tale of how things can go wrong even allowing for the simplest of intentions. How fabrications can make things even worse and how human nature changes towards your loved ones when under strain. Apportioning blame becomes easy for some as emotions and common sense becomes entangled.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Nov 2013
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This 2009 film written and directed by Iranian film-maker Asghar Farhadi was the film he made prior to 2011's brilliant human drama A Separation and whilst, for me, this earlier effort does not quite match the later film in terms of its level of engagement (or its culture-specific points of interest), it is nevertheless another well made, well acted and perceptive human drama. Here Farhadi tells the story of Elly (Taraneh Alidoosti), private teacher to the daughter of (recent) friend, Golshifteh Farahani's Sepideh, who is invited by Sepideh to join her on a weekend trip to the seaside (Caspian Sea) with some of Sepideh's ex-university friends, with the ulterior motive of 'match-making' between Elly and divorcee (returning from a period living as a husband in Germany) Shahab Hosseini's Ahmad. What follows is an intimate tale of a group of friends whose initial playfulness and teasing (of Elly) descends, via an apparently tragic accident, into an increasingly complex web of lies and deceit, which tests to the limit the group's friendships, loyalties and beliefs.

Farhadi's film is simply shot (with the exception of the more 'action-filled' accident sequence) and naturalistically acted, and from what is a relatively 'innocuous' beginning (dancing, playing charades, volleyball), becomes increasingly tense and traumatic, following the accident and Elly's mysterious disappearance. Given the intimate nature of the drama, the film's success depends largely on the acting interpretations and skills on display and these are uniformly impressive. Alidoosti is particularly good in the film's title role, outsider to the group, demure, but increasingly unsettled by the attention meted out to her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By james bond on 7 Mar 2014
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The Amazon Lovefilm rental copy has English subtitles (thank goodness) - and so reveals a film that feels as if you're with the group of friends as the crisis evolves. Each of them reacts in different ways, as we all would.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By NJ on 13 Feb 2013
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Small lies lead to a disastrous consequence...
Why everybody has to hide something unimportant?
The film shows you every details of feelings of the characters.
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Hi I purchased this dvd for my father he was very pleased with it good film and good quality.
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Iranian in friends on a trip to the seaside with young children. The drama develops when the inattentive adults find that one of the children is missing. Has he drowned?

Good so far but dramatic interest begins to wane later as a second narrative is developed concerning a missing teacher. Dramatic interest begins to ebb away and the compulsive lying which ensues starts to become very tiresome.
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gripping. deep and surprising, this movie is very watchable. it has you guessing all the way to the end great movie
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