This one hits you square in the gut with a fairly simple but extremely well told story set in a small fundamentalist Islamic village in Iran in the 1980’s. Soraya’s husband has tired of her after many years of marriage and wants to be free of her. He doesn’t want the expense of a divorce so he falsely accuses her of infidelity. In that society, controlled and ruled by men who treat women like dirt, Soraya has nowhere to go and no one to help her. She is at the mercy of her accuser and the penalty for her so-called crime is stoning. Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog 2003) delivers a riveting performance as the voice of outrage desperate to tell the world about the injustice done to Soraya.
If you are not enraged and disgusted by the actions of the men in this particular village by the end of this movie, then you have no heart and you must be less than human! I can’t use the word “enjoyed” to describe how I feel about it, but I’m glad I watched it. It delivers a very powerful message in a beautifully filmed package.
Cosmic Twins rating: Triple Serving