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The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008)

 -  Drama  -  9 October 2009 (Sweden)
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A drama set in 1986 Iran and centered on a man, Sahebjam, whose car breaks down in a remote village and enters into a conversation with Zahra, who relays to him the story about her niece, ... See full summary »

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Mrs. Massoud
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Morteza Ramazani - Soraya's Father
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A drama set in 1986 Iran and centered on a man, Sahebjam, whose car breaks down in a remote village and enters into a conversation with Zahra, who relays to him the story about her niece, Soraya, whose arranged marriage to an abusive tyrant had a tragic ending. Written by Anonymous

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When a deadly conspiracy became a shameful cover-up One witness refused to be silent.

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Rated R for a disturbing sequence of cruel and brutal violence, and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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La verdad de Soraya M.  »

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$115,053 (USA) (26 June 2009)

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$655,647 (USA) (20 November 2009)
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At the location where the jail scene was to be shot a prison riot broke out the day before causing a lockdown and a "prison" had to be constructed. See more »

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When Soraya gives her jewelry to her daughters, both girls cup their hands to receive both items, not knowing which sister is being given which piece. This happens both times, even when the younger daughter has received her necklace already. See more »

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Title Card: Don't act like the hypocrite, who thinks he can conceal his wiles while loudly quoting the Koran. - Hafez, 14th Century Iranian Poet
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Too Brutal for Words...

Shohreh Aghdashloo heads up this tragic and ferocious film, The Stoning of Soraya M.. Co-starring Jim Caviezel and Mozhan Marno in the title role, the film tells the story of a woman placed in an arranged marriage who's endures abuse only to have her life end tragically. Aghdashloo who plays Zahra, Soraya's aunt, tells the story to a man who's car breaks down in her village.

The film is carried by the performance of Shohreh Agdashloo, who arguably should have won an Oscar for her stunning work in House of Sand and Fog. The narrative, however, is so violent, brutal, and completely chilling, it's actually off-putting to the viewer. As we watch this woman endure this torment and abuse from her husband and even her children, all before even the stoning occurs, it becomes a bit too much for audiences to handle.

This is based on a true story and in many ways, it needed to be told. Although, if you're an educated person, you would know the woman's battle in the middle east (and of course, right here on our main land sometimes too) but the way director Cyrus Nowrasteh presents the material is terrifying. Getting the viewer's attention is the easiest task when performing such an act of honesty and raw natural spirit demonstrated by Aghdashloo and Marno. Those two are brilliant in their respective roles.

The film is gripping and intense with a heart-wrenching third act but it's so vicious, you might need to disengage from the cinematic experience just give yourself a dose of reality, whatever your reality may be. The score and cinematography are superb and of course, the performances are as powerful as they are distressing.

If you can stomach the film, it's definitely worth a watch. But don't look for any happy endings here. You won't find it.

**½/****


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