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Syngué sabour, pierre de patience (2012)

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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.

Director:

Atiq Rahimi

Writers:

Jean-Claude Carrière (scenario), Atiq Rahimi (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, some violence and language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Afghanistan | France | Germany | UK

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

20 February 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Pedra de Paciência See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,232, 23 August 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$148,408, 22 November 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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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Worth watching if you're interested in human behaviour
31 March 2014 | by whatalovelyparkSee all my reviews

Universities across the world put forward that humans choose their own partner and marriage, and that everyone is the same as a Western person. Yet we know that this isn't the case.

This film presents the life of an Afghan woman, who is in an arranged marriage, and if he dies, she will simply be married off to one of his brothers. It's an environment where there is no love between husband and wife. The film gives a rare presentation of the lives of women in the non-Western world. It's probably the best film I've seen to do this. Actress Golshifteh Farahani does a great job of presenting the material in a warm and likable fashion.

It's worth watching and thinking about. A little slow, but very well made, scripted and acted. Very watchable.

If you're interested in what life is like for non-Western women, it's definitely worth seeing.


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