About Elly

June 6th, 2009


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It's a story about three Iranian families who are traveling to North of Iran in order that they...

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 8.0/10 (6,875 voted)

Director: Asghar Farhadi

Stars: Golshifteh Farahani, Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti

It's a story about three Iranian families who are traveling to North of Iran in order that they can introduce the teacher of one of these families daughters to one of their divorced friends who's coming from Germany to Iran but everything changes when the young teacher (Elly) disappears and no one knows if she's still alive or not?

Writers: Asghar Farhadi, Azad Jafarian

Golshifteh Farahani - Sepideh
Shahab Hosseini - Ahmad
Taraneh Alidoosti - Elly
Merila Zare'i - Shohreh
Mani Haghighi - Amir
Peyman Moadi - Peyman
Ra'na Azadivar - Naazi
Ahmad Mehranfar - Manoochehr
Saber Abbar - Alireza


Official Website: Memento Films [France] | Official site |

Release Date: 6 June 2009

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Germany: (Berlin International Film Festival)

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User Review

Probably the best in Iranian cinema history

Rating: 10/10

There are no words to explain this masterpiece. Keeps you busy for a few days, makes you think about it, and just leaves you in awe.

The film starts with a simple plot, and ends with much more simplicity. Farhadi proves to be a real master in storytelling. He is believed to be one of the best script writers in Iran. But now he seems to be alone on top, far from his other fellow cinematographers.

The cast is great, but so is the director. No other Iranian movie has ever been as smart as About Elly in directing the actors and putting the viewer inside the locations of the film, between the act and close to the story. The camera acts as one of the key elements in the movie and the story. Without even a single note of music, and making good use of spectacular dialogs, the 2 hour journey will come to an end in a shocking way.

About Elly was honored the best film by Iranian film critics, with a sweeping 17 from 19 votes.