August 14, 2013
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Atiq Rahimi
MPAA Rating: R (for sexual content, some violence and language)
Screenwriters: Atiq Rahimi, Jean-Claude Carriere
Starring: Golshifteh Farahani
Copyright Holder: N/A
"The Patience Stone" captures with great courage the reality of everyday life for an intelligent woman under the oppressive weight of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Somewhere, in Afghanistan or elsewhere, in a country torn apart by a war... A beautiful woman in her thirties watches over her husband who has fallen into a coma. After ten years of living under his control, with no voice of her own, she finally has the upper hand. And with that, the safety to reveal to him her deepest desires, pains and secrets, stories she could never share with anyone for fear of retribution. And it is an extraordinary confession, without restraint, about love and her anger against a man who never understood her, who mistreated her, who never showed her any respect or kindness. This paralyzed man unconsciously becomes syngué sabour (the patience stone), a magical black stone that, according to Persian mythology, absorbs the plight of those who confide in it. It is believed that the day it explodes, after having received too much hardship and pain, will be the day of the Apocalypse. "The Patience Stone" is adapted from the best-selling novel by Atiq Rahimi, translated in 33 languages and winner of the Goncourt Prize, the most prestigious book award in France, in 2008.