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About Elly - Wellington Film Society

About Elly - Wellington Film Society

When:

  • Mon 21 Aug, 6:15pm – 8:15pm

Where:

The Paramount Theatre, 25 Courtenay Place, Wellington Show map

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Members Free: $0.00
  • 12-month Membership: $95.00
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(Asghar Farhadi, Iran/France 2009).
Rating: PG

"About Elly is the film that Iran’s Asghar Farhadi made before winning the Best Foreign Language Oscar with A Separation. Three years old, it is as fresh as paint: paint that hasn’t flaked or faded, paint that daubs a subtly encrypted anti-totalitarian message in the “simple” fresco of its tragic tale. A woman disappears, presumed drowned, during a weekend trip to the Caspian.

The incident is L’Avventura-like in its mystery and lack of closure, its echoing-on of a discomfort that seems to speak of bigger loss. Her friends – though soon discovered to be barely that - roam the beach, bonding in their distress, wavering between hope and hopelessness. Reflects one woman: ‘A sad ending is better than sadness without end.’ The dialogue Altmanishly overlaps, filling the vacant space of Elly with the characters’ own pain and sudden, loss-liberated garrulity.

Farhadi uses a handheld camera as if to eavesdrop on reality. Here is the chatter of panic trying to organise itself. The body is bound to wash up, some say. But is there a body? The virtues that glowed with a scary wattage in A Separation – that incandescent social fable mixed with a mordant jostle of contrasting psyches – are softer here.

They seem to present or attempt a picture of solidarity in sorrow. But 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

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