Based on Atiq Rahimi's novel "Pierre de patience", the story is centered on a married woman's conversation with her ill husband, in a country at war. The successful collaboration with legendary screenwriter Jean Claude Carrière proves once more that literature and cinema go hand in hand. The beauty of Golshifteh Farahani and her impeccable acting skills stand out as the perfect ingredients for this wonderful film.
The Patience Stone could easily benefit from a shorter duration, but steered by an actress like Golshifteh Farahani, the movie never falls apart. It is the beauty of her sadness - or maybe the sadness of her beauty - that strikes us with its haunting presence and powerful visage. A superb tour de force by one of the greatest actresses of her generation - just wait for the final shot and you’ll see what I mean.
This film has done poetic justice to an evening that I spent diving deep into every verse, and every scene. 100 minutes of pure bliss soaked me inside out, and I am having an out of body experience just watching the film once more. What more can you ask for?
Ein Film, der zeigt, welch Kräfte in einer Frau schlummern und wie stark eine einst unterdrückte Ehefrau sein kann, wenn sie sich in ihrem Mikrokosmos vom Einfluss des muslimischen Mannes befreit hat. Ein Lehrstück nicht nur für Muslime, sondern auch für konservative Christen.
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.
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.
The film held my attention well. It was well acted and visually, everything was great. However the story was extremely predictable and reminded me of French films from the 60's ("Belle de Jour" and "2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle" come to mind). It's still a good film and I'd recommend people see it, it's just not life changing or anything. Also, I think Golshifteh Farahani may be the most beautiful woman on Earth.