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The Patience Stone Review

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In an unnamed Islamic country and unnamed Muslim woman (Farahani) tends patiently to her wounded, catatonic husband (Djavadan). The arrival of a young soldier (Mrowat) complicates her already troubled life.

★★★★

Electrifying work from Golshifteh Farahani as a wounded warrior’s tempted wife dominates this diatribe against the prejudice, hypocrisy, brutality and oppression endured by countless Muslim women. This is a bold and perceptive picture that’s bound to provoke.

Co-writer Jean-Claude Carrière was Buñuel's screenwriter and this stark story of a life at odds with a society's laws bears the hallmarks of his earlier work. The material is given suitable punch by the outstanding Farahani.