Knowing About “Everybody Knows,” The Farhadi Film

Asghar Farhadi has made another film outside Iran, this time in Spain—Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben, 2018)—and it concerns a kidnapped girl.  Its themes include the pervasiveness of that which is secret in families, when obligation leads to rupture, and belief in God.

I esteem Farhadi for giving us another tragic drama, but this is not as good as A Separation or The Salesman.  Though skillfully directed and persuasively acted by Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and many others, the film has a weak script with unlikely plot devices.  Farhadi is a better writer than this, and probably it is time for him to use this particular talent in the traveling of a different but still serious path.

(In Spanish with English subtitles)

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