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The Patience Stone (2012)

Syngué sabour, pierre de patience (original title)
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In a war ridden country a woman watches over the husband reduced to a vegetable state by a bullet in the neck, abandoned by Jihad companions and brothers. One day, the woman decides to say things to him she could never have done before.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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The woman
Hamid Djavadan ...
The man (as Hamidreza Javdan)
Hassina Burgan ...
The aunt
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The young soldier
Mohamed Al Maghraoui ...
The mullah (as Mohamed Maghraoui)
Malak Djaham Khazal ...
The neighbor
Faiz Fazli ...
Armed man
Hatim Seddiki ...
Soldier 1 (as Hatim Seddiki)
Mouhcine Malzi ...
Soldier 2
Amine Ennaji ...
Soldier 3
Hiba Lharrak ...
Eldest daughter
Aya Abida ...
Youngest daughter
Fatima Mastouri ...
Old woman
Sabah Benseddik ...
Prostitute
Ahmed Ait Mahrabi ...
Man in armchair
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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... Written by Production

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She achieved her independence by telling stories filled with forbidden secrets.

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Drama | War

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Rated R for sexual content, some violence and language | See all certifications »
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20 February 2013 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A Pedra de Paciência  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$6,232 (USA) (23 August 2013)

Gross:

$148,408 (USA) (22 November 2013)
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The official entry of Afghanistan to the Best Foreign Language Film of the 85th Academy Awards 2013. See more »

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Those who do not know how to make love, make war
12 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Became an instant favorite. It does not matter what country this takes place in, and that it's never named. Often the enemy is easily indistinct.

Those little girls were precious, running in the street, in the cellar wile bombs are going off. Been there. Been around men like that too.

Loved the colors of Golshifteh Farahani's clothes, and the way they billowed magnificently about her. One of the most beautiful women I have ever seen. Her spirit shines through.

The sex, better said as rape, is more spoken and little shown.There is one frame of Eros though, love making, you'd see in a Fine Arts Museum.

The issue of child brides is a theme, and these girls are given away like chattel. They do not choose this.

Those who do not know how to make love, make war, and that is not just the kind with guns. 10/10


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