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Directed by Atiq Rahimi

2012, in Persian with English subtitles


102 minutes



In an unnamed country torn apart by a war, a 30-something woman (Golshifteh Farahani) watches over her invalid husband (Hamidreza Javdan) in a decrepit room. When he is shot and rendered a vegetable, he is abandoned by his companions of the Jihad, and his brothers. One day, the wife decides to tell the truth to him about her feelings about their relationship – she talks about her childhood, her suffering, her frustrations, her loneliness, her dreams, and her desires. The paralyzed man unconsciously becomes a syngue sabour, a magic stone which, according to Persian mythology, when told secrets of unhappiness will set the narrator free when shattered.