The Patience Stone
The Patience StoneOriginal Title: Syngue Sabour
Director: Atiq Rahimi
Afghanistan, France, Germany | Farsi
Subtitles: Arabic and English
“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