A gripping tale of secrets and lies amongst a tight-knit group of friends holidaying on the Caspian Sea. With an expertly paced narrative and an impressive ensemble cast, including Golshifteh Farahani, "About Elly" is a cinematic masterclass that works as both a thriller and a convicting character study. Intelligent, shrewd and meticulously crafted, "About Elly" confirms Asghar Farhadi's status as one of World Cinema's finest talents.
I must confess I have not seen many Iranian films and so this was a little surprising in that of what little we read and hear in the western press, this movie told a perfectly 'normal' story that could have been played in many other western or industrialized country. Very good natural acting including the children. I must also admit I was a little put off when the film begins to get a 'little' American when people start blaming others for a woman that goes missing rather than have a character apply some logic as the reason of her disappearance.