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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) returns to Tehran. With the holidays approaching, Ahmad's friend Sepideh (Golshifteh Farahani) organizes a weekend getaway to the Caspian Sea with a group of old college friends. But one member of the group sticks out like a sore thumb: she's a pretty kindergarten teacher named Elly (Taraneh Alidousti), and Sepideh thought she would be a perfect match for… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film's escalating energy, hysteria even, and moral debates will invite comparisons to the hothouse drama of 'A Separation'."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Superbly acted, morally challenging, packed with legitimate suspense, this is film-making of a high order."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"A remarkable film that deserves as much acclaim as Farhadi's award-winner."
‑ Philip Concannon, Little White Lies
"Farhadi's films are like moral whodunits, and as Sepideh and her friends gradually unearth the truth, he expertly buffets our sympathies in all directions until the very last shot."
‑ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"Farhadi's gifted storytelling and direction is on show again in a damning look at Iranian society."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"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."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Farhadi confirms his masterly way with heartrending human dramas."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"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."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Incredibly gripping and brilliantly directed, About Elly is a truly memorable and emotionally engaging Iranian drama with an outstanding lead performance by Golshifteh Farahani."
‑ Jennifer Tate, ViewLondon
"Another shrewdly gauged study of our capacity for deception and self-deception from A Separation's auteur. Emotionally devastating."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"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."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Post
"Once again, Farhadi has told an ordinary story in an extraordinary way."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"A fascinating psychological drama."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Bursting with energy, this ensemble drama from Iran is raucous, chaotic and packed with strong emotion"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Farhadi constructs a taut story, as precariously balanced on luck and lies as that of a French farce, and then lets it spring holes before our eyes."
‑ Hannah McGill, The List
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