Tag: Asghar Farhadi

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About Elly [2009] Review: A Moral Mystery

The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, mused Fyodor Dostoevsky in The Brothers Karamazov. It is so human to lie, to make things up. One does it as a matter of course, even when it is not a regular habit. It’s like a spasm in the monologue that is always running in one’s head, a sudden contraction in the verbiage – done involuntarily, almost like a sneeze. A really amusing example is a scene from 2012’s Moneyball. Brad Pitt asks Jonah Hill whether he did the player evaluation he was supposed to do.

Everybody Knows [2018] Review: A Rare Misfire From Asghar Farhadi

From the Academy Award-winning writer-director of A Separation & The Salesman, Everybody Knows brings Asghar Farhadi’s streak of five consecutive masterpieces to a sudden halt, and is an unexpectedly underwhelming feature from…

The 10 Best Films from TIFF 2018

TIFF is a world-class mecca for introducing an international audience to emerging and established filmmakers. It is a haven for cinephiles, and I was one of the lucky ones who were able…

Disappearance (Napadid Shodan) [2017]: ‘TIFF’ Review

Disappearance (Napadid Shodan) functions like a road trip over the course of the night where the young Iranian couple tries to hold on to their love midst of their lost innocence guarded…