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  • Actors: Shoreh Agdashloo, Jim Caviezel
  • Directors: Cyrus Nowrasteh
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Persian, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: High Fliers
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Feb. 2011
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00450AGA0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,360 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

In a harsh and repressive society a lone voice courageously dares to tell the world of an act of unimaginable cruelty. Cased on an incredible true story this is the powerful tale of a village's persecution of an innocent woman. Who will join forces with the plot against her, who will surrender to the mob and who will dare to stand up for what is right. Starring Academy Award nominee Shohreh Agdashloo in the heroic role of Zahra, an Iranian woman with a burning secret. When a journalist (Jim Caviezel) is stranded in her remote village, she summons the courage to reveal what the villagers will stop at nothing to keep hidden.

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 July 2010
Format: DVD
I first heard about this film while reading an article about it's star Shohreh Aghdashloo praising her performance. On doing some research I discovered it was a true story and based on on a book of the same name. This film has not been released here in the UK so I bought an imported copy from the US and how glad I am that I did.
The plot surrounds a journalist named Sahebjam who is approached by Zahra (Shohreh Aghdashloo), a woman with a harrowing tale to tell about her niece, Soraya, and the bloody circumstances of her death the day before. Her story attempts to expose the inhumanity of Iranian Law and her last and only hope for justice lies in the hands of the journalist, who must escape with the story - and his life - in order to communicate the violence to the world.
Most of the film is told in flashback as we learn Soraya's story and it is mainly a foreign language film (Persian) with English subtitles but with some English at the beginning and end when Zahra is relating her tale.
As the title suggests the film does become quite graphic as the story reaches it's climax but this is not gratuitous and only heightens the harrowing story. The performances from the stars are simply stunning and quite how Aghdashloo & Mozhan Marno (Soraya) missed out on awards/nominations galore is a mystery, perhaps the films lack of a major international release could explain it, or maybe the subject matter is simply too taboo?
Nevertheless, I would highly recommend this film to all, it really is an injustice that it is not more well known. Snap up a copy today....drama, food for thought, terrific performances, definitely money well spent and you certainly won't regret it!
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By TGillespie on 21 May 2011
Format: DVD
Based on the book written by French-Iranian journalist Freidoune Sahebjam, The Stoning Of Soraya M. is a powerful and damning uncovering of the state of human rights for women in Iran. The book was a massive best-seller and is still banned in Iran to this day. While travelling through Iran, Sahebjam (played by James Caviezel in the film) arrived at a small village when his car broke down and learned of the terrible story of Soraya Manutchehri through her aunt, as she revealed to him how the lies and the corruption of powerful men in the village led to the brutal murder of her niece.

Soraya (Mozhan Marno) is unhappily married to the violent Ali (Navid Negahban), who after falling for a 14 year old girl, wants a divorce and to take his two boys away with him. Soraya refuses, as the pitiful support that Ali had offered in return would not be enough to sustain her and their two daughters, whom Ali has no interest in. When Soraya goes to help out the recently widowed Ebrahim (David Diaan) by looking after his house and child, Ali accuses her of adultery, which is a crime punishable by stoning in Iran. Ebrahim is threatened if he doesn't agree with the accusations, and Ali along with the town's mullah (Ali Pourtash), cook up rumours about the infidelity, and eventually Soraya is 'tried' and sentenced to death by stoning. Her aunt Zahra (Shohreh Aghdashloo) campaigns against it but to no avail, and must wait with Soraya while they await the inevitable.

I wouldn't be ruining anything by saying that Soraya is stoned to death towards the end of the film. I mean, the film is called The Stoning Of Soraya M. When it does arrive, it is the most brutal and realistic portrayal of a stoning I've ever seen on screen.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By :( on 16 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
This film gives an amazing insight into cultures that, from day to day, we don't stop to think about.
It is an in depth look at the way females are seen by certain religions and culture. If you want a film that moves you this is it!
When you watch it you want your friends to watch it. It is about a story given to a reporter whos car just happens to breaks down in a remote village in Iran. While he waits for his car to be repaired he is approach by a local woman. The aunt of another woman who had recently been stoned soraya M. Her aunt tells Soraya's story in the hope of the world finding out what had happened and helping to make a change.
The whole story is amazingly male orrientated to the point that any 'normal' male watching it will also have to agree that these men are wrong! It tells a story of a life that has no justice nor respect for women to the point that her own father throws the first stone saying as he does ' DIE C*$!' her own young sons join.
Considering her crime was invented by her husband who wanted a 'free' divorce so he could sleep with a teenage girl and you start to understand how this film shows injustice at its very worst.
Even more disturbingly it is based on a true story. Unfortunately I can believe more was fact than exageration
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 2 Oct. 2013
Format: DVD
The movie starts out with Soraya M. already dead. Her aunt is cleansing her bones in the river for burial. A stranger comes to town who is a French Journalist who speaks Arabic. He is desperate to get out of Iran under the recent takeover of the Ayatollah. His car has broken down and a woman , Zahra, Soraya's aunt, confronts when with a graphic tale on how the men of the village misused Sharia law to stone Soraya M. to death. She even was able to tell him about things that happened in private conversations in which she wasn't present. (Makes for a better drama by filling in those gaps.) Soraya is wrongfully accused of adultery by her husband who coerces another man to be his witness.

Several things are brought out in this movie. One is that women lived better under the Shah dictatorship than Sharia law. The elders of the community have invoked Sharia law because it appears to be the wish of the Ayatollah and Allah, and it is convenient for them.
The movie is an emotional roller coaster. The stoning scene is graphic and is done that way for a reason: to show you how barbaric it is. It is an emotional tear jerker that will leave you both angry and sad.
English subtitles.
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