The Stoning of Soraya M details
|Formats:||18 DVD, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Shohreh Aghdashloo, Mozhan MarnÚ, Mozhan Marno, Navid Negahban, Ali Pourtash, David Diaan, Parviz Sayyad, Vida Ghahremani, Vachik Mangassarian, James Caviezel, Maggie Parto|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Collections:||December - LOVEFiLM picks|
The Stoning of Soraya M
|1hr 54 mins||18|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||1 hour 54 minutes|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
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A shocking true storyBy rafi (36 reviews) from Beverley , 29 Dec 2009
[Highly rated reviewer]This true and disturbing drama tells the story of a young woman, mother of four, who refuses to divorce her husband. Her husband, Ali, wishes to marry a 14 year-old girl, take his two sons and leave Soraya with their two daughters. He is not prepared to pay for their subsistence and Soraya, who has never worked and does not have a profession, refuses. The husband can certainly go but she demands that he takes responsibility. Ali remains adamant in his refusal. He decides to send the village religious authority to convince her to grant the required divorce by proposing her that he, the religious sage who represents godly authority on earth, will take care of her and her daughters; in return, all he asks is that she will become his mistress. Soraya refuses the generous deal.
Soraya is then asked to do house work for a neighbor who recently had lost his wife. This will provide her with some income, and she agrees. Ali masterminds a plan to get rid of his wife once and for all. If he is able to prove that Soraya is unfaithful to him by bringing forward two witnesses, Islam dictates that her fate is death by stoning. Ali is able to provide two testimonies. The village sages convene to affirm the verdict. Sorayas fate is now sealed.
The film director, Cyrus Nowrasteh, does not spare us any details. For long minutes that seem eternal we witness how stoning is conducted in todays Iran. Soraya is half buried in sand. A line is drawn a few meters away from her. The village men stand behind the line. Sorayas father receives the honour of throwing the first stone at her. Ali, the betrayed husband, is next. Sorayas two sons are asked to take part as well. They do, with the encouragement of their father. And then all the rest. Sorayas long, agonizing death, lingers on and on until her entire white dress is covered with her blood and you, the film audience, pray that this will end, soon. This shocking true story that portrays the utter lack of basic human rights for women in some parts of the Islamic world is certainly the strongest film I have seen this year, a film that will remain with me for many years to come.
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Brilliant yet harrowingBy DavetheKnave (1 review) , 07 Dec 2013Until I reached the end I wondered why this had been rated 18, until the stones started to rain in and I had to look away. For me, the most poignant moment came not as the executioners were throwing the stones in apparent glee but as her own father and children sided with the masses in one of the most macabre displays of injustice I've ever seen. I suppose some cultures will never be set free from ignorance but who would want to be female and muslim in a place like that ?
Last five minutes almost spoil it...By Fiveheid (3 reviews) , 03 Nov 2013Superb performances and an utterly shocking, but necessary (I feel) execution scene. The only element that spoils it is the bizarre ending. We have car engines failing to start as a journalist tries to smuggle a tape out of the village to 'let the world know' about the death of the eponymous heroine of the film. However, we know that the story got out there - hence the book and film - so why the need for such a cliched and melodramatic Hollywood ending? It almost spoils the film and is a disservice to the poor Iranian woman who died, as well as the actress who played her so brilliantly in the film.
The Stoning of Soraya MBy SmiffyMJ (1 review) , 16 Oct 2013I am not one for writing reviews but this is such a powerful film about the control and ignorance of men that it just needs to be seen. The acting is so lifelike and superb. A film such as this will convert many to the genre of world cinema. You know the story line from the title but not quite. Memorable and moving-highly recommended.
Incredibly movingBy pjb1972 (32 reviews) from Bristol , 13 Oct 2013A story like this shows you that people are capable of far worse than anything you'll see in a horror film. The film is brilliantly directed and acted and if it doesn't affect you, then you aren't human! Difficult to watch but you'll need to know how it ends.
Shows how Islam is still centuries behind today's worldBy a customer , 13 Oct 2013Scenes from this film remain printed on the back of my eyelids. Watching it, my emotions swung from smug incredulity at the medievalism of the village culture, including its version of Islam, to anger & total horror at what men can still do to women in those backward cultures in Asia. We watched the film with a mounting sense of horror & doom & would like to see it aired on prime time BBC tv some time - but of course it never would be, as it might cause offence to some Moslem men to show how they treat their women!
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