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About Elly (2009)

Darbareye Elly (original title)
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The mysterious disappearance of a kindergarten teacher during a picnic in the north of Iran is followed by a series of misadventures for her fellow travelers.

Director:

Asghar Farhadi

Writers:

Asghar Farhadi (screenplay), Azad Jafarian (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Golshifteh Farahani ... Sepideh
Shahab Hosseini ... Ahmad
Taraneh Alidoosti ... Elly
Merila Zare'i ... Shohreh
Mani Haghighi ... Amir
Payman Maadi ... Peyman (as Peyman Moaadi)
Ra'na Azadivar Ra'na Azadivar ... Naazi
Ahmad Mehranfar Ahmad Mehranfar ... Manoochehr
Saber Abar ... Alireza (as Saber Abbar)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mohammad Tiregar Mohammad Tiregar
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Storyline

A group of middle-class friends travel from Tehran to spend the weekend at the seaside. Sepideh invites Elly, who is her daughter's teacher, to travel with the three families in order to introduce her to their recently divorced friend Ahmad, now living in Germany. The next morning, the two women go shopping in the town and Elly says that she has to return to Tehran because her mother has been recently submitted to hospital for heart surgery, but Sepideh asks her to stay and hides her luggage. The children are playing in the sea and one mother asks Elly to watch them. Out of the blue, Sepideh's daughter calls to some men playing volleyball to rescue one of the children from the water. After rescuing the little boy they seek out Elly, questioning whether she has drowned or returned to Tehran. What has happened to Elly? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Iran | France

Language:

Persian | German

Release Date:

6 June 2009 (Iran) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Tonekabon, Mazandaran, Iran

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

IRR 700,000,000 (Iran), 6 June 2009, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,000, 12 April 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$106,662, 10 May 2015
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Production Co:

Dreamlab See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

French visa # 123931 See more »

Goofs

On the second day in the beach house,around 7,30 a.m. sun is on the left side of the beach,when it is supposed to rise from the east,or the right side of the beach. That is if the location is right or they shot morning scene in the evening. See more »

Quotes

Sepideh: Now, what does he think about Elly?
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References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

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Song For Eli
Written by Andrea Bauer
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A new genre of movies... NICE FILM...thumbs up
16 January 2012 | by arianaa30See all my reviews

Based on my opinion, this movie was even better that A Saparation, an award winning Farhadi's film.

Farhadi proves adept at controlling the tone of his film. By slowly setting up the situation and the complex nexus of relationships between the characters, he lulls the audience into thinking the film will continue in a comic mode until Elly's disappearance. From then on, the film takes a serious tone. Lies come back to haunt the characters, and the consequences of these are unforgiving. Some of these lies were told due to particular proprieties necessary within Iranian society. The brilliance of Farhadi's script and direction becomes most apparent in the latter stages of the film. As one secret after another is revealed, Farhadi deftly maps out the shifts in the perceptions and behaviour of the characters toward each other as well as the viewer's perception of the characters. Farhadi's cast is uniformly excellent, especially Farahani, who compellingly registers Sepideh's shock at how her seemingly innocent matchmaking has taken such a tragic turn, as well as the way her character, like others in the film, is revealed to not be what it initially appears.


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