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The Patience Stone review

Farahani's tough time...

In a war-raved city, a woman sits and talks to her husband. He doesn’t say much, since he’s been shot and he’s in a coma.

But she talks plenty – about the oppressive years of their loveless marriage, when he treated her like “a piece of meat”.

Occasionally she ventures into the perilous streets, but mostly it’s just her and him.

The Patience Stone is never dull, though, thanks partly to resourceful direction from Atiq Rahimi but mainly to a powerhouse performance from Golshifteh Farahani, her expressive eyes a cry of protest against a harsh patriarchal culture.

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