The Patience Stone
Atiq Rahim directs the movie version of his own award-winning novel, "The Patience Stone," in which a young woman living in city savaged by war embarks on a dangerous, illuminating journey of confession, self-exploration, and self-expression while tending to her comatose husband.
The place and time are never specified; the woman (Golshifteh Farahani) and her husband (Hamidreza Javdan) are never given names. In a way, none of those things are important, because the story is one of spiritual unfolding that verges on leaving the grubby, violent strife of human affairs behind.
The DVD release offers one special feature aside from the film's theatrical trailer, a 30-minute making-of featurette that feels about ten minutes too long, but that offers some interesting perspectives on the film's translation from novel to film and the process the actors undertook to realize their characters.
Elegant, sometimes shocking, partaking in mysteries feminine as well as divine, this is a must-see picture. Plan to watch it over and over, and let its layers reveal themselves over time.
"The Patience Stone"