In a country torn apart by a war, a beautiful woman watches over her husband in a decrepit room. He is reduced to a vegetative state because of a bullet in the neck. One day, the woman starts a solitary confession to her silent husband…
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Farahani is just a beautiful looking woman, even crying and perhaps then even moren. and even if there are some passages I find a little cliché, the movie is like a fairy tale, with wonderful stills and colours and of course the music of Max Richter that fits perfectly.
I was a bit disappointed to see so many Western elements in the film. But it was nevertheless a decent cinematic work. More here: http://viewingfilm.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/the-patience-stone-atiq-rahimi-2012/
I am really curious as to how many Afghan women Rahimi has talked to throughout his life. Another French film about the enslaved Afghan woman filmed in Morocco because Muslim countries are apparently interchangeable (it's like making a film about Paris in Siberia). Chicken soup for the Western soul, but nothing particularly provoking.
Disappointed, your expectations fall when you see an afghan film dressed by holliwoodian style and clichè. The impression is that this film was born for westerner audience, that's why many people here are well impressed.
The patience stone is an interesting concept, but it really doesn't lend itself to a film version. Farahani's character ends up clunkily telling (not showing) the story of her life to her comatose husband (read: the audience). This results in some awful monologues that left me cringing. Nonetheless, the performances are good and there is some decent narrative heft.