The Stoning of Soraya M
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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A sobering account of factual details of barbaric, misogynic practices still alive today; very well acted, beautifully constructed. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Jeremy Stevens
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This was a deeply moving story written, directed and acted brilliantly. Very emotional!Published 1 month ago by Kathy Chase
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