About Elly

About Elly

Darbareye Eli

DVD - 2015 | Persian
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With the return of their friend Ahmad from Germany, a group of old college pals decide to reunite of a weekend by the Caspian Sea. The fun starts right away as they quickly catch on the plan of lively Sepideh, who has brought along Elly, her daughter's kindergarten teacher, in hopes of setting her up with recently divorced Ahmad. But seemingly trivial lies, which start accumulating at the seashore, suddenly swing round and come back full force when one afternoon Elly suddenly vanishes.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Cinema Guild,, [c2015]
ISBN: 9780781515191
078151519X
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,Dolby Digital 2.0,rda
widescreen (1.85:1)
video file,DVD video,rda
Alternative Title: Darbareye Eli

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lindy919
Feb 22, 2017

Massively over-rated (IMDB 8.1), this begins to fall apart around 30 minutes in. For what seems likes ages, the adults search for one of the children in the sea; afterwards, the family bickers amongst themselves for most of the remaining film; for some reason, they all agree to tell ridiculous lie after ridiculous lie; then it is revealed that they know nothing about Elly, not even her last name (How do you not know the last name of your child's teacher?)

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ms_mustard
Feb 15, 2016

a suspenseful and emotionally honest film about telling lies.

Farhadi films are a 'must watch'

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voisjoe1_0
Feb 02, 2016

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi has made two of the best art films of the last five years, “A Separation” (2011) and the “Past” (2013). I suspect the success of these two films brought about the release in the USA of his earlier film “About Elly” (2009). This earlier film “About Elly” weaves a story of terror, deception, anger, and suspense. The characters in this film find it so hard to face the truth, that they are constantly concocting lies that they do not realize just make their lives more difficult.

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Cas22
Jan 14, 2016

This is another brilliant film from the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi. It precedes his 2012 Oscar-winning production, “The Separation”, by three years but again shows his superb grasp of psychological drama. Here, the story focuses on a group of friends who are away for a weekend at the seaside and their responses when one of them, Elly, goes missing and is believed to have drowned. It maps the remorse, anger, blame and recriminations that arise after the event and the tangled web of consequences that come from not telling the truth. This intelligent and insightful film also demonstrates that people’s range of responses to tragedy is very similar the world over, irrespective of country or culture.

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rationallady
Nov 13, 2015

An excellent Iranian film showing how people react under stress and how little acts can having huge unintended consequences. Still it's always hard for me to airbrush out those head scarfs that women don't wear in private in the real world but still have to wear in films.

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papagator
Oct 26, 2015

The mysterious disappearance of a kindergarten teacher during a picnic in the north of Iran is followed by a series of misadventures for her fellow travelers. This was a nice foreign film with English subtitles. Has some cultural base to draw from if you have interest in that part of foreign film.

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AdeleAlm
Jan 11, 2015

Disappointed as I wasn't able to play in my machine !!

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nazifm
Sep 18, 2014

This is a region 2 DVD and might not play on most drives :(

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