Tuesday, March 15, 2016
About Elly, a film by Asghar Farhadi
From the director of Separation, academy award winner for Foreign Film, comes a gripping story of "old" college friends taking a brief week-end outing on the Caspian Sea, in northern Iran.
Divorced Ahmed has returned from Germany, so the group of college friends trek from Tehran to this coastal vacation area - only to arrive to find that the "villa" they had been told they would share for the week-end is not available.
Sepideh's lies from the beginning spiral out of control, until Elly - (kindergarten teacher of Sepideh's daughter) disappears. While the group is coping with the near drowning of one of the other children, Elly disappears. Not much is known about Elly, Sepideh admits that she has brought Elly under false pretenses - Elly told her she could only stay one night. Watching the collapse of the group is gripping.
Well worth watching. New York Daily News gave it 4 stars, and Rotten Tomatoes had 5 stars.
Watched this one with NO interruptions.