As a woman tends to her comatose husband, an injured rebel fighter in an unnamed, war-torn village, she pleads for him to wake and protect his family from the bullets that fly outside their window and tanks that roll in the streets. Fearing for the lives of her two young daughters, the woman takes them to the safety of a relative’s home while she returns daily to care for the unresponsive man. Weeks go by, and as her desperation grows, an awakening begins to take hold, giving voice to her previously unuttered thoughts, memories and grievances, all spoken without regard for her husband’s reaction. The arrival of a young soldier seeking shelter in their home, and companionship in her arms, furthers the woman’s transformation from submissive girl to confident, sexual woman.
Director: Atiq Rahimi
Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani delivers a mesmerizing performance as “the woman,” blooming under the impassive gaze of a much older husband who, she believes, cannot see or hear her. A story that captures a rarely seen female perspective, The Patience Stone reveals how, under the most extreme of circumstances, one conservative Middle Eastern woman discovers the core of her true identity.
Screenwriter: Jean-Claude Carriere, Atiq Rahimi
Producer: Michael Gentile
Editor: Herve De Luze
Associate Producer: Lauraine Heftler
Cinematographer: Thierry Arbogast
Executive Producer: Hani Farsi
Composer: Max Richter
Co-Producer: Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul
Cast: Golshifteh Farahani, Hamidrez Javdan, Hassina Burgan, Massi Mrowat
ATIQ RAHIMI was born in Kabul. He fled Afghanistan in 1984 and found political asylum in France, where he studied film at the Sorbonne. He adapted his debut feature, Earth and Ashes, from his bestselling novel of the same name. The Patience Stone is his second feature.