The Patience Stone
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Author Atiq Rahimi's adapts his own bestselling novel about a Muslim woman whose paralyzed husband unconsciously assumes the role of a magical force, which shields her from the sorrows of life in her war-torn village. Her unnamed Middle Eastern country caught up in an insurrection, the loyal, thirtysomething wife faithfully sits watch over her vegetative husband, who has been all but forgotten by his brothers and fellow Jihadists. Over time, she gathers the courage to tell her husband all of the things she had remained silent about during their 10 years of marriage. Throughout the course… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It requires a leap of faith, but this handsome-looking film offers a disarming combination of insight, compassion and provocation."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"The bare room where the husband lies helpless becomes a confessional where Farahani pours out the woman's life story in a performance that grabs you with its quiet yet searing power."
‑ Soren Anderson, Seattle Times
"A beautiful and haunting Afghan film about love, devotion, and a woman's 'duty'; a remarkable feminist story from the unlikeliest place on the planet."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"A real one-off."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"Another absorbing lead performance from Golshifteh Farahani in Atiq Rahimi's The Patience Stone"
‑ Stefan Pape, HeyUGuys
"Directed by Atiq Rahimi and based on his novel, "The Patience Stone" speaks for all oppressed women, for all oppressed people for that matter."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"A startling fantasy of Muslim feminist empowerment that allows the Iranian-born actress Golshifteh Farahani to put on what amounts to a one-woman show."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"As it progresses the woman's story is paralleled with several religious myths and it builds to a conclusion that is terrifying, far-fetched and powerfully-realised. The final moments resonate with a mythic quality."
‑ Paul Gallagher, The List
"By turns mysterious, moving, shocking and explicit - and very different from the kind of opaque and quietist cinema we might expect."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"In a war-raved city, a woman sits and talks to her husband. He doesn't say much, since he's been shot and he's in a coma."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"With a piercing edge, "The Patience Stone" is a cry from behind the veil, where a suffocating woman weaves a new life of her own design."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Some movies prove both immediately transformative - altering how we view the world as soon as we leave the theater - and long-lasting, demanding days or weeks of reflection."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"It's Rahimi's courage as both writer and director that makes this intense and perceptive picture so unflinchingly compelling."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"A beguiling and perplexing piece of conceptual slow cinema from Iranian director Atiq Rahimi."
‑ Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies
"Co-writer Jean-Claude Carrière was Buñuel's screenwriter and this stark story of a life at odds with a society's laws bears the hallmarks of his earlier work."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
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