About Elly, directed by Asghar Farhadi
Farhadi actually made this film before A Separation, his hard-hitting account of what happens when modern life runs up against the Islamic courts in Iran. Released in Iran in 2009, but only now coming to the United States, the tone is more suspenseful, but the issues are related. No one would think that inviting a friend, even someone you do not know all that well, along for a weekend is a big deal, but in Iran questions might be raised about why this unmarried woman is staying in a ramshackle villa by the sea with people who are not her relations. Does her family know she is there? Is there another man who might already have a claim on her?
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This film opens today at the E Street Cinema.