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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 »
20 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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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:
Amin Salahloo Amin Salahloo ... Kamal
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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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Trivia

Iran's official submission for the Foreign Language Film category of the 81st Academy Awards (2009). See more »

Goofs

When Sepideh is driving her car into the villa, the front right door of the car strongly hits the entrance gate. Later, when Ahmad is driving that car, the car door is intact. See more »

Quotes

Ahmad: A bitter ending is better than an endless bitterness.
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Connections

References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Song For Eli
Written by Andrea Bauer
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i'm proud of my country now...
9 September 2009 | by deadman_sinaSee all my reviews

that wasn't what i expected because i thought it would be a normal film but since I've seen it, i cannot stop thinking about it...i had never seen any movie like that before.it shocked me during it and after it.i cannot put it in the words as i can't speak English well...anyway,great movie and actually great Iranian movie so far...best natural plays,best good directed film,you cannot imagine what I'm trying to say if you haven't seen it yet...i have seen all of his films and i enjoyed them a lot and all i know about him that he is a real talented and genius Iranian who0 knows what he wants and what he is about to create...i watched this movie just once but I'm gonna buy its DVD and then watch it over and over to find more the other things that i couldn't find that time.it is so hard to excite the people's emotions but he proved that if you tell the truth,it seems really easy.that was my country's reality and i cannot deny it.that's what we are gonna do and say and think if we be on that situation...thanks Mr.director,I'm proud of you so much


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Official Sites:

sourehcinema

Country:

Iran | France

Language:

Persian | German

Release Date:

6 June 2009 (Iran) See more »

Also Known As:

About Elly See more »

Filming Locations:

Tonekabon, Mazandaran, Iran

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,180, 12 April 2015

Gross USA:

$470,760

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$878,642
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Production Co:

Dreamlab See more »
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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