A feminist tale from Afghanistan in ‘The Patience Stone’

Golshifteh Farahani stars in the drama “The Patience Stone.”
Golshifteh Farahani stars in the drama “The Patience Stone.”Benoit Peverelli/Sony Pictures Classics

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The Patience Stone

The Patience Stone” is startling fantasy of Muslim feminist empowerment that allows the Iranian-born actress Golshifteh Farahani to put on what amounts to a one-woman show. In a quiet room off a war-torn Afghanistan street, a young woman sits over the prostrate body of her husband, who’s alive but in a vegetative state. Many of the scenes take the form of dramatic monologues, arias in which a powerless woman is finally able to speak and can’t stop speaking.

The film is hamstrung at times by its didactic impulses and the cramped locations, but it’s more often heart-rending, and the fury coursing under its skin could blister your soul. This is a movie that knows it will never be seen by the women who need to see it most. In Farsi, with subtitles.

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