About Elly
About Elly (2015)

From the Academy Award winning director of A SEPARATION comes this gripping mystery set among a group of old friends on a holiday retreat. With the return of their close friend Ahmad from Germany, a group of former college pals decide to… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 8, 2015
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: About Elly offers viewers performances as powerful as its thought-provoking ideas, and adds another strong entry to Asghar Farhadi's impressive filmography.

Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

It's an incisive portrait of a particular society, but it should resonate everywhere.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

It is perhaps Farhadi's richest, most complex and ambitious.

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Anita Katz
San Francisco Examiner

Farahani, the standout among the cast, has a face Hollywood will soon be touting and can suffer on camera in ways the neorealists would have loved.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

There are no false notes anywhere in this cast of performers.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

[A] suspenseful domestic intrigue deeply rooted in traditional Iranian mores and social codes.

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

"About Elly" is further certification that Farhadi is one of the world's finest filmmakers.

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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

Always, murmuring just beneath the surface, there's a political undercurrent to Farhadi's films, a gentle whisper of a critique aimed at the weight of Iran's combined cultural and political intransigence.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

A fascinating discovery from a filmmaker whose sensitivity to the most confounding motivations is equalled only by his compassion for those who succumb to them.

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Annlee Ellingson
L.A. Biz

Digs painfully deep into gender politics among modern-day middle-class Iranians.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
More engaging than disappointing, About Elly has some outrageous performances, while none outstanding. Worth a shot, nonetheless.
Daniel Parsons
"A bitter ending is better than endless bitterness." A naturalistic, deeply gripping drama that in its second half practically plays as a thriller.… More
Carlos Magalh„es
This wonderful film begins as a simple story that slowly introduces us to the characters and to the details of their vacation together, until we are all… More
Daisy Maduro
I was always fascinated by Persian cinema. About Elly was my first movie of this Persian director Farhadi .The movie opened with a simple plot, and ends with… More
Walter M.
In "About Elly," a group of friends travel to the seaside during a holiday weekend. They are all married couples and their children with the… More