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The Patience Stone

The Patience Stone

Original Title: Syngue Sabour
Director: Atiq Rahimi
Afghanistan, France, Germany | Farsi
2012 | 98min. | Colour
Subtitles: Arabic and English
Format: DCP
18+
“Somewhere, in Afghanistan or elsewhere, in a country torn apart by a war...' A young wife takes care of her husband, a soldier, now comatose with a bullet in his neck. She changes his drip, swabs him, puts drops in his eyes, all the while unburdening herself of the truth of her feelings towards him. The paralyzed man thus becomes syngué sabour, a magic stone which, according to Persian mythology, absorbs all the suffering, pain and misery of those who confide in it. Until, that is, the day the stone breaks.

As he did with the groundbreaking Earth and Ashes (2004), Atiq Rahimi once again adapts his own award-winning novel, this time with remarkable sensitivity for his female lead; Iranian star Golshifteh Farahani gives an astounding performance as the wife both abandoned and freed by fate. As she becomes more uncertain of her husband’s recovery, her confessions becomes more and more uninhibited. She has been waiting for years to talk. She was little more than a kid when she was engaged to an absent war hero. She married his picture and his dagger; now that he is almost a corpse, she can give voice to her sorrow and disappointment.

Her voice echoes the scream of pain of all Afghani women torn apart by incomprehensible wars, left alone by their men, hurt and humiliated, lonely and struggling to keep their dignity or just survive. Singularly revealing and powerful, The Patience Stone is a profoundly moving experience.

– Raman Chawla

Director,  Atiq Rahimi

Director,  Atiq Rahimi

Atiq Rahimi was born in Kabul. He studied at the Sorbonne, then joined a French production company where he made documentaries for television. His book Earth and Ashes (2000) was a bestseller in Europe and South America. In 2004, he made his debut as a feature director with the film adaptation of the book, which won more than 20 awards.

Cast and Crew

Director
Atiq Rahimi
Co-Production Company
Studio 37, Corniche Group, Razor Film, Arte France Cinéma, Jahan-E-Honar Productions
Cast
Golshifteh Farahani, Hamid Djavdan, Hassina Burgan, Massi Mrowat
Production Company
The Film
Music
Max Richter
Producer
Michael Gentile
Executive Producer
Hani Farsi
Screenwriter
Atiq Rahimi, Jean-Claude Carrière
Editor
Hervé de Luze
Cinematographer
Thierry Arbogast
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