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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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Dreamlab See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 they decide to stay in the villa and start to clean it, Ahmad calls the boy (Omid) by name asking him about where he can find a vacuum cleaner. Seconds later, he asks the boy about his name. See more »

Quotes

Ahmad: A bitter ending is better than an endless bitterness.
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References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

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Song For Eli
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full of personalty, story and suspense
26 October 2009 | by shaysopinionSee all my reviews

i didn't really know what to expect of this film so went to watch it quite blank, the cinema was packed with a mixed crowd which was promising.

i was drawn to the characters and their different personalities immediately.they were very believable and you almost felt as if you were there.

the film was very natural and the shots were nice and tidy, as a lot of foreign or arty films end up being too 'diffeent', this was easy to watch. as the plot became more complex the viewing was compelling and the director created suspense very well and built it up slowly.

the actresses and actors were really great, adding to the story's realism. as we the audience started to try and piece the mysteries of the story you just had to keep watching. i recommend it, the location was really pretty too.

i was happy to know there was a ending as a lot of foreign films end with no ending!!!! but this was satisfying however i would add that it became a little too long towards the end and some may have wanted a different ending to that chosen.

all together an excellent film to watch.


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