Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Stoning of Soraya M (2008, dir: Cyrus Nowrasteh)

The Stoning of Soraya M 2008, with Mozhan Marno as Soraya


This film is a moving, culturally accurate presentation, with a great contribution by Parviz Sayyad in an unexpected variant of his old Samad persona from his long prerevolutionary career as an actor in Iran. This film is based on a true story, so I can't quarrel with the plot, but I do hate the implication that this is the story of an "unjust" stoning, since the woman who was stoned did not really do what she was accused of doing and for which she was brutally tortured to death. What I hate is the insidious implication that there might be a "just" stoning somewhere.

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