About Elly ★★★★

This is part of the 30 countries challenge.

With a simple story and not much happening it's fascinating how riveting this movie is. Hidden information is revealed at the right times and the group dynamics have a wonderful flow. There is somewhat of a mystery that always feels like it might as well be nothing, and that it's just a well played drama of some friends hanging out and pointing fingers.

Everything hinges on a good cast and I really like all of them. I've seen Peyman Moaadi in other things and I always love him. Golshifteh Farahani is brilliantly complex as the catalyst Sepideh. She is basically the whole story as she has made all the plans and holds more information than the others. The more you find out the more confusing and frustrating she gets, but still with a sympathetic streak. It's sneakily subtle and obvious in its criticism of the culture.

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