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: August 31, 2015
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Critic Score: 97% 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.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Farhadi has written a first-rate script, enabling intricate plotting to intertwine with well-defined characters, and "About Elly" shows him at ease with the wide variety of situations his writing explores.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

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

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Michael Atkinson
In These Times

The film is both riveting and resonant in overwhelming measures, and will remain one of the best released this year.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

"About Elly" is a stunning surprise package, profound in utterly unexpected ways.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

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

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

This is a well-written, directed and acted film. The camera work by Hossein Jafarian is excellent. The story has a lot of sustained drama and mystery. Many women will view this very differently than most men in the audience.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

By the time the mystery is solved, it hardly seems to matter. What matters is the casual lack of honesty that almost everyone seems to depend on.

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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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Derek Smith
Tiny Mix Tapes

About Elly stands as another strong example of one of the world's true emerging talents.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
This wonderful film begins as a simple drama that slowly introduces us to the characters and to the details of their vacation together until we are suddenly hit… More
familiar stranger
More engaging than disappointing, About Elly has some outrageous performances, while none outstanding. Worth a shot, nonetheless.
Aaron Neuwirth
Sepideh: Now, what does he think about Elly? It is interesting to go back in time with a director I have only recently found myself so intrigued by in recent… More
El Z
Yes, I liked it, and I want to support this filmmaker. I went to see it because of The Separation, because of how fantastic that film was. This one is not as… More
Mark Hobin
With About Elly, the less you know the better, so I won't reveal specifics. I'll only say that the whereabouts of Elly becomes a problem. This… 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