The Patience Stone

The Patience Stone
The Patience Stone
  • R
  • 1h 42m
  • 2013
Certified Fresh86%
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In a country torn apart by war, a young woman watches over her older husband. A bullet in the neck has reduced him to a comatose state. One day, the woman's vigil changes. She begins to speak truth to her silent husband, telling him about her suffering, her dreams, and secrets. After years of living under his control, with no voice of her own, she says things she could never have spoken before. Her husband has unconsciously become syngué sabour (The Patience Stone) - a magical black stone that, according to Persian mythology, absorbs the plight of those who confide in it. The woman's confessions are extraordinary and without restraint. But after weeks of looking after her husband, she begins to act, discovering herself in the relationship she starts with a young soldier. The Patience Stone is adapted from the best-selling novel by Atiq Rahimi.
© 2013 Razor Film Produktion GmbH , The Film SAS , Arte France Cinema , Corniche Pictures , Jahan-e-Honar Productions and Orange Studio. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh86%
Critics Consensus: It may prove frustratingly slow for some viewers, but more contemplative filmgoers will find themselves rewarded by The Patience Stone's quietly fierce storytelling, as well as a searing starring turn from Golshifteh Farahani.
London Evening Standard
Charlotte O'Sullivan

A real one-off.

June 22, 2017
Peter Bradshaw

By turns mysterious, moving, shocking and explicit - and very different from the kind of opaque an...

June 22, 2017
Little White Lies
Sophie Monks Kaufman

A beguiling and perplexing piece of conceptual slow cinema from Iranian director Atiq Rahimi.

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Trevor Johnston

It requires a leap of faith, but this handsome-looking film offers a disarming combination of insi...

June 22, 2017
Detroit News
Tom Long

Directed by Atiq Rahimi and based on his novel, "The Patience Stone" speaks for all oppressed wome...

June 22, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:August 14, 2013
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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