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The Stoning of Soraya M [DVD]

Shoreh Agdashloo , Jim Caviezel , Cyrus Nowrasteh    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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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 (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00450AGA0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,487 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Film 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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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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
5.0 out of 5 stars must see film! 16 Mar 2011
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking, but a MUST see 21 Aug 2012
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this is an exceptionally good movie, it is based on true events that are quite barbaric and ultimately gruesome. the acting is first class, many of these actors i have never heard of before and they all play their part superbly. the action takes place in one village in Iran. without giving too much away, a woman is accused of adultery by her husband who wants a divorce to marry a 14 year old. you can sort of guess the outcome because of the title.
this film had me engrossed from the first minute,and it is hard to imagine that this kind of barbaric behaviour still goes on today in some parts of the world. the stoning is very graphic and superbly done. this movie will no doubt upset some viewers, it wasn't the gory nature of the stoning that bothered me, i've seen far worse, it was what this poor innocent woman went through as the result of lies spread around the village, and the hell she endured in the last minutes of her life.
i definately recommend this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sad bad brutal
One of the saddest films I've ever seen.
Shows how women are treated like second class citizens in Iran and how messed up the justice system is. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Serena_C
4.0 out of 5 stars the stoning of soraya
Good film but a tough watch - cried most of the way through and felt depressed afterwards. Important story to be told
Published 2 months ago by Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars The Stoning of Soraya M
Wow, what a haunting account of a true life experience of a beautiful young woman who loved her family, and her husband despite his infidelity. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MissLP
5.0 out of 5 stars Have your tissues with you.
This is a true story and it is very upsetting. The film is shot to show the reality of life for a woman in this culture, the inequality and injustice is just horrific. Read more
Published 3 months ago by xena
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful movie closely based on a true story
THIS MOVIE IS VERY CLOSELY BASED ON A TRUE STORY.

A bloodboling, harrowing and immensely sad movie about an innocent women stoned to death because her evil husband wants... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gary Selikow
5.0 out of 5 stars EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER
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. Read more
Published 9 months ago by The Movie Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars powerful and informative
powerful film

how any culture can still engage in this barbaric and inhuman activity is unbelievable. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Yenda M. Smejkal
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing Film
In depth look at the lot of women in a backward male dominated closed society. A very powerful and disturbing story
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. Gm Jazayeri
4.0 out of 5 stars Shocked
This film was shocking in the way women are treated in a country where the word of the man is supreme. Read more
Published 13 months ago by OWLISE
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing
I knew this went on but you seem to turn a blind eye. With this movie you can't. Well acted and everyone should see it
Published 14 months ago by pam adams
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