Ties That Bind Meet Lies That Blind In 'About Elly'

April 8, 2015 8:04 PM

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Most Americans don't have a clear picture of what everyday life is like in Iran for the obvious reason that that nation has been isolated from the West for more than three decades. Still, windows open occasionally. A few years ago, Asghar Farhadi's Oscar-winning Best Foreign Language film, A Separation, offered Western eyes a glimpse of a middle-class Iranian marriage under stress.

Now, following years in limbo due to distribution glitches, comes an earlier film by the same director — About Elly, a thriller perched right on the fault line between modern thinking and Islamic tradition.

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