The Patience Stone
The Patience Stone (2013)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 14, 2013
DVD Release Date: March 11, 2014
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It may prove frustratingly slow for some viewers, but more contemplative filmgoers will find themselves rewarded by The Patience Stone's quietly fierce storytelling, as well as a searing starring turn from Golshifteh Farahani.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

It requires a leap of faith, but this handsome-looking film offers a disarming combination of insight, compassion and provocation.

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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times

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.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

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.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Directed by Atiq Rahimi and based on his novel, "The Patience Stone" speaks for all oppressed women, for all oppressed people for that matter.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

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.

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Paul Gallagher
The List

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.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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.

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Hank Sartin

The details of the woman's life are like a crash course in the sociology of a country living through turmoil ...

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

It's Rahimi's courage as both writer and director that makes this intense and perceptive picture so unflinchingly compelling.

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A beautiful film about a young woman in a country torn by war, caring for her paralyzed husband, who was wounded in battle. When praying fails to revive him,… More
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In an unnamed Middle Eastern country, seemingly in the midst of a civil war, a young woman (Farahani) tends to her older husband who is rendered unconscious… More