The Patience Stone 2012

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Somewhere, in Afghanistan or elsewhere, in a country torn apart by a war... A young woman in her thirties watches over her older husband in a decrepit room. He is reduced to the state of a vegetable because of a bullet in the neck. Not only is he abandoned by his companions of the Jihad, but also by his brothers. One day, the woman decides to tell the truth to him about her feelings about their relationship to her silent husband. She talks about her childhood, her suffering, her frustrations, her loneliness, her dreams, her desires... She says things she could never have done before, even though they have been married for the past 10 years. Therefore, this paralyzed man unconsciously becomes syngue sabour, a magic stone which, according to Persian mythology, when placed in front of a person shields her from unhappiness, suffering, pains and miseries. In this wait for her husband to come back to life, the woman struggles to survive and live. She finds refuge in her aunt's place, who is...

Starring:
Hassina Burgan, Golshifteh Farahani
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Product Details

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 42 minutes
Starring Hassina Burgan, Golshifteh Farahani, Hamid Djavadan
Director Atiq Rahimi
Genres Drama
Studio AXIOM FILMS
Rental release 3 March 2014

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Dec 2013
Format: DVD
"The Patience Stone" (2012 release from Algeria; 102 min.) brings the story of an (unnamed) woman who is tending to her wounded husband, who we later learn was shot when defending his family's honor after being insulted. The husband is markedly older than her. As the film starts to unfold, the woman is starting to spill secrets to her comatose husband about her upbringing and, more importantly, her 10 year marriage to him. Apart from the emotional state of affairs, the woman and her two young daughters are trying to cope with living in a war-torn area (Afghanistan, presumably), where militia regularly search house by house. One day, the woman's house is searched by a commander and a younger soldier. To tell you more of the plot would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this film is based on the book of the same name by Atiq Rahimi, who adopted his novel for the big screen and also directed this (and beautifully, I may add). There are several aspects of the film that are deeply unsettling, none more so than the submissive role Muslim women are forced to endure in the Muslim world. They didn't ask for it, yet they have no choice. At one point, the wife tells her husband about how her sister, then 12 years old, is sold off by their father in order to settle a lost bet, and nothing can be done about it. When you see the wife going about her business inside the house, and then having to wear a burqua (a loose dress that covers the whole body from head to toe) when going outside, it is unsettling to me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter John Ellis on 8 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
I agree wholeheartedly with the reviewer above. This film puts many American and British films to shame: it is well written and directed; it is visually stunning and viscerally honest about so much of life in the world today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By noname on 12 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
Superb movie, great storyline, the acting was so convincing I was hypnotised for the full length of the film.
Golshifteh Farahani is a marvel and I am looking up all her movies as a must see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PB on 31 July 2014
Format: DVD
Smouldering, atmospheric. I can't forget it.
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By Peter Sanders on 16 July 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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