The Stoning of Soraya M.

The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008)

A drama adapted from a 1990 book – La Femme Lapidée written by French-Iranian journalist Freidoune Sahebjam, The Stoning of Soraya M. is about the story of how an Iranian village woman Soraya was framed and accused of infidelity by her abusive husband Ali. Falsified with the testimonials from a corrupted ex-convict mullah and another blackmailed widower, Soraya was eventually stoned to death by the villager, in which, her sons also partook in the stoning. As fate would have it, Zahra, who is Soraya’s aunt related this harrowing tale of her neice to a journalist when his car ran into mechanical problems and he was stranded in the same village of Kuhpayeh where Soraya was just stoned to death just a day ago.

The Stoning of Soraya M. is a slow paced drama but not with a moment of boredom or dryness at anytime of the screen duration. Although the development and reveals are pretty much linear but it still has a great story-line with beautifully and expressively crafted visuals and dialogues. Other than the only one main weakness in the plot of this film on the part how the story of Soraya was actually revealed to a journalist stranded in the remote village and how he escaped from the village mob which is totally unnecessary and a bit of a far-cry.

Engendered with brutal ideological messages of deprived feminism, blackmailing and conspiracy, and accustomed religious practices against crimes and sins. It’s not surprising one might argues that The Stoning of Soraya M. was produced with a heavy-handed approach and only transcended through the sheer strength of its overly-strengthened subject material of telling the story of a muslim woman being stoned to death. Far from being a simple stone-cold conspiracy and murdering plot, the plot hatched by Ali to remove Soraya were populated with failures and resistance in which even when the first few stones thrown by Soraya’s father missed her (a sign of Soraya’s innocence), Ali eventually resorted to pick up the stones himself and threw at Soraya.

The strong niece-aunt bond between Soraya and Zahra was beautifully and poignantly performed by Mozhan Marnò and Shohreh Aghdashloo. Navid Negahban’s perceptive portrayal of Ali (Soraya’s husband) as an abusive and heinous husband who framed his own wife of infidelity and eventually stoned her to death was enough to ignite anger and indignation from the viewers.

Good news for non-fans of Jim Caviezel (cast as the stranded journalist in this movie), it’s so much easier for any viewers to forgive the usual over-the-top self confidence, poor control of timing and frequent display of overly-enacted-emotion level 12 acting of Jim Caviezel (also known as James Patrick Caviezel) when you have other power-class veteran casts like Mozhan Marnò, Shohreh Aghdashloo and Navid Negahban in this movie. The bad news is that yes he will be again starring in Mel Gibson’s The Resurrection of Christ (2021), a sequel to The Passion of Christ (2004).

Film’s Information

Title The Stoning of Soraya M.
Country & Language United States
Persian & English
Duration & Genre 116mins
Drama (based on a true story)
Release Date 07/09/2008 – TIFF
26/06/2009 – Theatres
Directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh
Cinematography
Joel Ransom
Edited by David Handman
Geoffrey Rowland
Produced by Stephen McEveety
John Shepherd
Todd Burns
Diane Hendricks
Casts Mozhan Marnò
Shohreh Aghdashloo
Jim Caviezel
Parviz Sayyad
Vida Ghahremani
Navid Negahban

Article’s Information

Writer Mike Koh
Editor Huang Yushan
Ling Weiming
Date of Publishing 24/12/2019

Tumbbad

Tumbbad

Tumbbad is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language period horror film directed by debutant Rahi Anil Barve and creative directed by Anand Gandhi. Written by Barve, Prasad, Mitesh Shah and Anand Gandhi, who also served as the creative director, the film was produced by Sohum Shah, Aanand L. Rai, Mukesh Shah and Amita Shah.

Film’s Information

Title Tumbbad
Country & Language India
Hindi
Duration & Genre 104mins
Horror
Release Date 12/10/2018 – Theatres
Directed by Rahi Anil Barve
Anand Gandhi
Cinematography
Pankaj Kumar
Edited by Sanyukta Kaza
Produced by Sohum Shah
Aanand L. Rai
Mukesh Shah
Amita Shah
Casts Sohum Shah
Jyoti Malshe
Anita Date
Ronjini Chakraborty
Deepak Damle

Article’s Information

Writer Mike Koh
Editor Huang Yushan
Ling Weiming
Date of Publishing 24/12/2019

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts is Indonesian director – Mouly Surya’s third film after “Fiksi” and “What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love”.

Film’s Information

Title Marlina The Murderer In Four Acts
Marlina Si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak
Country & Language Indonesia
Indonesian
Duration & Genre 93mins
Drama (Crime & Justice)
Release Date 24/05/2017 – Cannes
16/11/2017 – Theatres
Directed by Mouly Surya
Cinematography
Yunus Pasolang
Edited by Kelvin Nugroho
Produced by Willawati
Najwa Abu Bakar
Peter Bithos
Rama Adi
Casts Marsha Timothy
Yoga Pratama
Egy Fedly
Dea Panendra

Article’s Information

Writer Mike Koh
Editor Huang Yushan
Ling Weiming
Date of Publishing 24/12/2019