About Elly is a tense ensemble drama that unmasks male-female relationships in middle class Iran: Sepideh (Farahani) plans a weekend getaway to the Caspian Sea with some friends, and invites her son’s kindergarten teacher, Elly (Alidousti), to finally introduce her to the newly single Ahmad (Shahab Hosseini). Her well-intentioned game of cupid turns foul, however, when the trip is struck by sudden tragedy and Elly disappears. Fear and guilt riddle the group as they try to find Elly but Sepideh’s secret soon triggers a web of lies where saving face becomes more important than revealing the truth.
Writer-Director Asghar Farhadi (Beautiful City, Fireworks Wednesday) skillfully sculpts a well-acted and powerful drama while maintaining the pace of a suspenseful mystery. A sophisticated and effective work of Iranian Cinema, Farhadi continues to illuminate the complexities and contradictions of Iranian life.
Genna Terranova, Tribeca Film Festival Programme
Golshifteh Farahani, Taraneh Alidousti, Mani Haghighi