The Patience Stone (Syngué Sabour) Sunday, 29 March 2020

The Patience Stone (Syngué Sabour)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes, violence, sex scenes, sexual references and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Her husband is her rock.

  • Starring:

    Golshifteh Farahani, Hamidreza Javdan, Hassina Burgan, Massi Mrowat, Mohamed Maghraoui, Malak Djaham Khazal, Faiz Fazli

  • Directed by:

    Atiq Rahimi

  • Running time:

    102 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are raped, stabbed, held at gunpoint, near-choked, pushed. Home invasions, theft. Armed soldiers, tank, explosions, burning debris, property damage, broken glass. Gunfire, cannon fire heard. Patricide, incest, rape mentioned. Bird-fighting. Items stolen from body. Screaming. Blood/gore: Corpses (some hanging), an animal eats another animal. Slit neck, bloody clothing, blood-splattered corpses, bloody hand, bloody cut, scratch on head, licking blood. Cigarette burns, scars, infected wound, IV drip, bandage. Needle seen piercing skin.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A woman is raped. A couple is seen having sex. A couple enter a room to have implied sex. Nude woman seen. Prostitution, infidelity,  kissing, caressing, undressing. Shirtless men, woman in underwear. Rape, masturbation, incest, sterility, virginity, pregnancy, prostitution, miscarriage, paternity mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    An unknown serum, eye drops are administered. Gambling (bird-fighting). Opium mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    C-word, f-word, bastard, name-calling. Derogatory terms for women. Frequent religious references and exclamations. Misogyny. Marriage, war, gender, cultural, disability stereotypes.

  • THEMES:

    War, rape, prostitution, desperation, abandonment, secrets, infidelity, honour, patricide, incest, infertility, confession, suffering, arranged marriage, dominant mothers-in-law, pride, oppression, fear, dignity, conflict, family, poverty, catharsis, stuttering, prayer, paternity, soliloquy, desire, freedom.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Comatose father/husband, orphan. Wedding, brothel settings. Flocks of birds, donkey, dogs, flies, turkey, spider, quail, pigeons, cat. Thunder, full moon. Farsi language (subtitles). Original title is Syngué Sabour. Based on the bestselling novel by Atiq Rahimi.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Powerful, hypnotic, remarkable, engrossing, sensual, horrifying, textured, lyrical, human, startling, heart-rending, fierce. Skillfully crafted, superb performance by Golshifteh Farahan, gliding camerawork, beautiful lighting, deliberate pacing.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Wordy, static, pokey.

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