Stoning Of Soraya M. 2008 R CC

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From a producer of THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST comes this chilling story of a deadly conspiracy that became a shameful cover-up... until one witness refused to be silent.

Starring:
Shohreh Aghdashloo, Mozhan Marnò
Runtime:
1 hour, 55 minutes

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Stoning Of Soraya M.

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Genres Drama
Director Cyrus Nowrasteh
Starring Shohreh Aghdashloo, Mozhan Marnò
Supporting actors Jim Caviezel, Navid Negahban, Ali Pourtash, David Diaan, Parviz Sayyad, Vida Ghahremani, Vachik Mangassarian, Bita Sheibani, Noor Al Taher, Haya Al Taher, Khalid Khan, Sheede Dana, Fay Yan, Salti Hasan, Laila Qutub, Talal Nabil Morcos, Abdullah Shaheen, Shukreyeh Thijeel
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

This is a very well acted and compelling movie.
Paul
Islam is NOT a peaceful or loving religion...the self serving mentality of the men of Islam is what leads to this kind of atrocity towards women!!!
CHUI
If we all leave feeling awful we will never want to watch the film again (nor recommend it to others).
C. Yogerst

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123 of 129 people found the following review helpful By Paul on June 28, 2009
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This is a very well acted and compelling movie. I've seen videos of real life stonings, and although somewhat cleaned up, this movie gives a realistic face to the act.

The actors do an exceptional job at portraying the characters. Shohreh conveys with a single look, what other actress's take sentences to do. That's a real feat considering I had to read the words in subtitles at the same time!

The movie also shows what a mob mentality really is. What pressure and teaching can compel a son to do to his mother...it shows what strength really is- not being the hero like in most movies, but in what it takes in the real world, to simply speak the truth. A strength that most people don't have.

As cleaned up as it is (the movie does not deal with the underlining condoning of stoning in Islam such Muhammad demanding it in his famous confrontation with the Jews according to Ibn Ishaq, 257 and Bukhari vol 4 book 61, no. 3635- they are his first biographer, and a collector off traditions Muslims themselves consider reliable)-This movie does however show a present day reality that I fear most viewers won't have the strength to really see.

Watch this movie, and then watch how few people are even willing to talk about the subjects it brings up- how many excuses and side steps people will take, rather than confront the reality that this movie throws in your face.

It is one of the few movies that show human nature- the good, the bad and the ugly. From looters, to the ones who confront them. This movie does more in the side plots showing human psychology, than most other movies that try to protray it as a main subject matter.

In short, this is a must see, if nothing else to better understand a dark side of the world.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Anne Rice on March 18, 2010
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Like many an excellent film, this one is difficult to watch, but well worth it. It is a fine film that should be supported, and circulated, and admired. It derives it's power from its clear and shocking narrative and from the outstanding performances of its cast, and its unsparing attention to the suffering of Soraya M. who is stoned to death in her village in Iran. The fact that people are being stoned today in a number of countries is as horrifying as it is true. What can we do to stop this barbaric practice? What can we do to support the women in these countries who cannot defend themselves against laws that denigrate their value and impose upon them unfair standards for their defense in criminal proceedings? --- This is a brave film for focusing on one such case, and the egregious cruelty heaped on the victim. And it leaves the viewer wondering what a stoning means for all the people of a village who participate in it, including children who gather the stones. Whatever one thinks about these basic questions, one can be assured that this is first and foremost a good movie, with high productions standards --- worth seeing, worth owning, worth passing on to others. Highly recommended.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Kale on July 9, 2009
This movie is a must see and one of the best movies I have seen in a long, long time.

The direction is fabulous and makes one feels that he is standing next to the movie characters. The acting is great, the casting superb, the location and costumes are true. It was 100% great.

It stirred emotions to my core and my mind raced during the film. The subtlety of the acting made the horrific event all the more compelling. The actual stoning made me feel as if in the crowd and then, suddenly, I was Soraya. It was unbelievable.

The acting is superb and real. I think all must see this movie so all will know how extremism can be deadly whether in faith or in laws. The whole world should see this movie.

Too bad it's not showing in mainstream theaters.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By C. Yogerst on January 14, 2010
Format: Blu-ray
"The Stoning of Soraya M." is a must see film on all levels. This film is even more stunning on Blu-ray high definition and will leave you speechless. Tastefully done, director Cyrus Nowrasteh has made one of the most important films ever to be made about the inequalities in the Middle East.

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Freidoune Sahebjam, a French-Iranian journalist (played in film by Jim Caviezel), wrote The Stoning of Soraya M which is based on his own experience of being forced to stop in a remote Iranian village after his car broke down. He was one of the first to report on the troubles in the Bahá'í Faith community in Iran.

While waiting for his broken car to be fixed, Freidoune is approached by Zahra (Shohreh Aghdashloo) who is the aunt of Soraya. Zahra notices that Freidoune has a tape recorder and asks to speak with him. The townspeople assure him that she is crazy but he humors her anyway. Once the recorder is placed on the table, Zahra begins telling her nightmarish story.

Soraya (played by the beautiful Mozhan Marnò) is a married mother of three in the film (six in real life). Needless to say her plate is full. Her unfaithful husband Ali (Navid Negahban) has fallen for another woman and doesn't want to wait for a timely divorce. He decides to find the quickest way to get rid of her and cooks up a dishonest scheme to get Soraya convicted of adultery, a crime punishable by death in their twisted culture.

Ali, with the help of others, takes advantage of a vulnerable local mechanic (Ebrahim, played by David Diaan) whose wife has just died. They offer to pay Soraya to cook for Ebrahim and take care of his children while he is working. This provided "legitimate" grounds to pressure other men to be witnesses for the prosecution.
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