About Elly
About Elly (2009)

Writer/director Asghar Farhadi offers this revealing look at the Iranian middle class by examining how one simple lie can open up a Pandora's box of problems. In the wake of his failed marriage in Germany, Ahmad (Shahab Hosseini)… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 27, 2009
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

The film's escalating energy, hysteria even, and moral debates will invite comparisons to the hothouse drama of 'A Separation'.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

Superbly acted, morally challenging, packed with legitimate suspense, this is film-making of a high order.

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Philip Concannon
Little White Lies

A remarkable film that deserves as much acclaim as Farhadi's award-winner.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Farhadi's expert at foreboding; these vacationers' sheer exultation is soon limned by a sense of life as coming tragedy, its sure and steady sadness rolling in like the surf.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express

Farhadi confirms his masterly way with heartrending human dramas.

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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Really it's a picture of loneliness, in a land where speaking together in honesty and sharing the cries of the heart are things you do only in a crisis or an emergency.

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Graham Young
Birmingham Post

The early singing and charades sequences go on a bit too long, but from the moment there is an incident on the beach, you'll be concerned for everyone involved.

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Derek Malcolm
This is London

Once again, Farhadi has told an ordinary story in an extraordinary way.

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Peter Bradshaw

A fascinating psychological drama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
More engaging than disappointing, About Elly has some outrageous performances, while none outstanding. Worth a shot, nonetheless.
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
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
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