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Stoning of Soraya M.

drama, thrillers

From a producer of THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST comes this chilling story of a deadly conspiracy that became a shameful cover-up... until one witness refused to be silent.

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The whole movie marches to that same, sad rhythm of unalterable horror, illuminated by Joel Ransom's brutal and beautiful cinematography. The sum is difficult to watch.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, June 26, 2009

Fresh: With the melancholy cry of a sad cello, the film opens with a golden sun rising over the hills of a remote Iran landscape...It's a devastating story, powerfully told

- Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fresh: The Stoning Of Soraya M. hits you in the gut. It's a phenomenal piece of cinema, but there are many who will read about it and think, "I don't need to go there."

- Annette Basile, FILMINK (Australia), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

2 stars

This movie portrays a moment in1986 in an area of the world able to uphold the social graces of the Old Testament era. It is here that women can be bartered into marriage by their parents at the age of 13. They can be accused of adultery and be burdened with proving their innocence rather than burdening the accuser with proof of guilt. Lastly, women convicted of adultery can be stoned to death by their village and adulterous pedophile husbands in the name of righteousness. The film doesn't do any more than furiously outline this infuriating story. There is no attempt to understand the deep-seated cultural influences that prevent these values from evolving. A 2010 Pew research poll of Arab nations found that 84% of Egyptians favored the death penalty for anyone who leaves Islam, 82% believed adulterers should be stoned to death, and 77% favored cutting off the hands of robbers. Where is the movie that at least attempts to explore why?

- fb1672039553, Sunday, March 3, 2013

5 stars

Anyone interested in what goes on in religio-fascist cultures should see this horrifying and moving film about a woman tortured and ostracized for little reason other than that she's a woman. Powerful film.

- cchclaw, Friday, March 29, 2013

3 stars

In "The Stoning of Soraya M.," a French journalist's(James Caviezel) car breaks down in rural Iran and has it towed to a nearby village. He manages to persuade the mechanic with cash to expedite repairs, so he can reach the border by nightfall. In the meantime, he goes to a cafe where he is accosted by Zahra(Shohreh Aghdashloo) who is dismissed by her fellow locals as being a crazy old woman. Regardless, she has quite the story to tell about her niece, Soraya(Mozhan Marno). Soraya, mother of two sons and two daughters, rejects a divorce offer by her abusive husband Ali(Navid Negahban) that would leave her with no money to support their daughters. He wants to take their sons to the city, so he can marry Mehri(Laila Qutub) who is 14. Soraya also turns down the offer of Sheik Hassan(Ali Pourtash) to become his sigheh(Temporary wife or prostitute, your pick.). Instead she goes to work for Hashem(Parviz Sayyad), a recent widower, to help with the cleaning. Based on a true story and getting bonus points for being filmed in Farsi, "The Stoning of Soraya M." handles its intense subject matter well with matter of factness in building to its powerful climax. And the graphic violence is as necessary as the early scene of Soraya at the riverbank in making sure we understand exactly how barbaric stoning is and that we never forget. In general, the movie puts the subject of violence against women under a harsh spotlight, not only in Iran, but all over the world. That's not to say this movie is not without its share of faults, particularly the ending and its fondness for filming billowing fabric. For the record, I'll file the journalist's fortuitous arrival under divine providence, contrasting well with the hypocrisy on display.

- gator681, Friday, February 18, 2011