Human dramas are among the most affecting films, no matter which culture they spring from. In that spirit, we invite you to consider The Patience Stone, an adaptation recently acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. Now that Sony owns U.S. distribution rights, we can hope to enjoy the film over here.
The novel of the same name was written by Atiq Rahimi and was awarded the 2008 Prix Goncourt award. The adaptation was directed by the author and showed at the Toronto International Film Festival. We can expect Sony to release the picture in the U.S. next year.
The film takes place in a nameless Middle Eastern country in the grip of war. Golshifteh Farahani has garnered tons of praise for her central role as a meek woman trying to cope with her husband’s hospitalization. He’s in a comma, in fact, thanks to a bullet wound, and for this reason she is forced to send her two children away to live with her aunt. Though the focus of others is the war, Farahani’s character only struggles to keep her husband alive.
The twist comes when Farahani’s character falls for a young soldier. All she can do then is talk to her husband, unsure as to whether he can hear her. She tells him everything, things she probably wouldn’t say if he were well.
Do you think you could it? Explain to your wounded husband that you love someone else? Would any amount of one-sided conversation ease your guilt?
The picture is already being compared to the critically acclaimed picture A Separation. Reviewers call it profoundly moving. A Separation, if you have yet to see it, is also from Sony Classics and follows a married couple living in Tehran, who are faced with the impossible choice between moving to a different country for the betterment of their child’s future, or staying in Iran to care for the husband’s father, who has Alzheimer’s disease.
Michael Gentile, Studio 37, Corniche Pictures and Razor Films produced The Patience Stone.
It’s title is derived from a Persian myth of a mystical rock, which absorbs the troubles of those who confide in it.
Golshifteh Farahani has also appeared in Asghar Farhadi’s About Elly, Marjane Satrapi’s Chicken With Plums, and Body of Lies. The beautiful Iranian actress has been called absolutely captivating.