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The Patience Stone

Director: Atiq Rahimi

Writer: Jean-Claude Carrière,

Atiq Rahimi

Cast: Golshifteh Farahani,

Hamid Djavadan, Hassina Burgan, Massi Mrowat

Duration: 1h 42min

Language: Dari

Country: France / Germany / Afghanistan

Cert: 15

Year: 2012

In a country torn apart by a war, in Afghanistan or elsewhere, a beautiful young woman is left alone to care for her wounded husband who has been in a coma for the past two weeks. In the hope that he will awaken, she talks to him about her childhood, her dreams and frustrations, her loneliness and desires… For the very first time in her life she is able to confess her deepest feelings, believing he has become her ‘Patience Stone’, a magical stone which, according to Persian mythology, will deliver her from pain and torment.

Based on the best-selling novel by Afghan-born Atiq Rahimi (winner of France’s prestigious Prix Goncourt) and co-adapted for the screen by the legendary Jean-Claude Carrière, THE PATIENCE STONE is a bold, powerful and ultimately uplifting story of one woman’s resolve to break free from silence and oppression, featuring a breathtaking performance from Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani (Asghar Farhadi’s About Elly, Ridley Scott’s Body of Lies).

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Toronto International Film Festival 2012
★★★★ Time Out

“exceptional... a not-to-be-missed experience" The Huffington Post

“an electrifying performance from Golshifteh Farahani" ★★★★ Empire
“Truly captivating" Financial Times
“one of this year's best films" Indiewire
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