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The Patience Stone
Syngué Sabour - Pierre de patience

What does it mean to be a woman in a world ruled by religion and violence? A poetic and politically charged allegory, The Patience Stone focuses on the plight of women ruled by archaic laws and traditions. In a war-torn neighbourhood in Afghanistan, a woman cares for her husband, who has been in a coma for over two weeks. Sitting in silence hour after hour, the woman takes the advice of her aunt and begins a one-sided conversation with her comatose husband. For the first time in her life, she feels he is listening to her. Slowly but surely, her reflections become confessions, and we learn to what lengths a woman will go to avoid abandonment and rejection. Directed by Atiq Rahimi and based on his 2008 novel of the same name, The Patience Stone reveals the secret inner life of a woman in a world circumscribed by patriarchy.


"Shines a startling, hugely affecting light on the desperate measures so many women must take to survive in the world's most mercilessly patriarchal cultures." - Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

"A startling fantasy of Muslim feminist empowerment that allows the Iranian-born actress Golshifteh Farahani to put on what amounts to a one-woman show." - Ty Burr, Boston Globe

Director: Atiq Rahimi
Cast: Golshifteh Farahani, Hamid Djavadan, Hassina Burgan
Year: 2012
Runtime: 98 minutes
Country: France / Germany / Afghanistan
Language: Farsi
Distributor: Entertainment One

Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR


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