The Patience Stone Synopsis
In a war-torn Muslim country, a woman confesses her secrets and dreams to her comatose husband.
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Los Angeles Times

By Gary Goldstein
It's the flesh-and-blood lead performance by Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani as a profoundly conflicted Muslim wife and mother that...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bruce Ingram
Rahimi simply made an inspired decision when he chose Farahani...who quietly but powerfully works her way through subtle shadings of...
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80

Arizona Republic

By Barbara VanDenburgh
The Patience Stone largely functions as a one-woman play, with Farahani’s character soliloquizing over her husband’s body.
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80

Variety

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Sensual and horrifying, The Patience Stone plays like a mesmerizing, modern take on the tales of Scheherazade and a parable on the...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

Anchoring the film is an outstanding performance from Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani, who plays the timid, nameless woman who comes to...
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Afghanistan-born Atiq Rahimi has powerfully adapted his own acclaimed novel, but the film is unlikely to play in the Middle Eastern...
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A startling fantasy of Muslim feminist empowerment that allows the Iranian-born actress Golshifteh Farahani to put on what amounts to a...
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
It is a tour de force for the actress, needless to say. Iranian Golshifteh Farahani is wonderful in the role.
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70

The New York Times

By Manohla Dargis
Mr. Rahimi opens up an entire world inside the couple’s modest house, filling its few rooms with enough air, sharp words and slow-boiling...
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40

Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
The more typical approach transforms the material, and not for the better—rather than a revelation about how it feels to live her life,...
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COMPLETELY ABSORBING!

By SANAZARO
Wonderful unsentimental story, writing, cast, and totally believable dialogue and acting -- I didn't once look at my watch. The unpredictable course of the plot and the main character's shifting...

Amazing Tour de Force

By toltecdreamer
This was a wonderful movie - and the lead actress was just phenomenal. A must see movie....

By melnewb
Beautifully acted and intense from beginning to end. I highly recommend this!...

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Rated R | For Language, Some Violence and Sexual Content