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The Patience Stone

by Kilian Melloy
Tuesday Mar 11, 2014
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"

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.


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