This Week’s Recommendation: The Patience Stone

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This week's recommendation

The Patience Stone

Afghanistan/Fr/Ger/UK

2012, 102 mins. Farsi language

Directed by Atiq Rahimi

The Patience Stone was the 735th film screened by RFS on 24th February 2015. It was the second ranked film of Season 52, with an audience approval rating of 92%.

An absorbing drama, set ambiguously in Afghanistan or in some other country during the endgame of a grim and soul-destroying war. The film is by turns mysterious, moving. shocking and explicit.

Golshifteh Farahani plays a beautiful but careworn woman in a ruined warzone, obediently tending to her wounded husband, who is in a persistent vegetative state after being shot in the neck. In life, he was a cruel and tyrannical husband, and his wife is now sensing that, despite the crushing burden of caring for him, she has a euphoric kind of freedom in speaking her mind to his mute, unblinking quasi-corpse. The man has become what ancient tradition called a "patience stone", a mystical jewel to which all cares and worries can be cathartically confided.  Her candid story is gripping: her sensuality and sexuality, together with defiant self-respect., powerfully uncoil.

Full film notes available in the Twickenham & Richmond Tribune - http://twickenhamtribune.com

The Patience Stone does not appear to be available to be streamed but the DVD is available from Amazon and others.

Presented by Richmond Film Society

 

 

Presented by Richmond Film Society