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Everybody Knows

Perhaps the most internationally recognized Iranian filmmaker presently working, Asghar Farhadi has now made two movies in countries other than Iran, The Past (2013) and Everybody Knows (2018). The first of these was shot in France but focused on an Iranian character; the protagonist, somewhat alienated from French customs despite being married to a Frenchwoman, poignantly reflected Farhadi's own emotional distance from the setting. The more recent film, shot in Spain, contains no Iranian characters—or, for that matter, any character who might be perceived as an outsider. Farhadi has decided to look at people who could conceivably exist anywhere, and unfortunately this ends up working to the movie's detriment. The film's observations don't feel universal, but simply generic. CONTINUE READING



  • Asghar Farhadi


  • Penélope Cruz
  • Javier Bardem
  • Ricardo Darín
  • Barbara Lennie
  • Inma Cuesta
  • Eduard Fernández
  • Elvira Mínguez
  • Ramon Barea
  • Carla Campra
  • Sara Salamo
  • Roger Casamajor
  • José Ángel Egido


  • Asghar Farhadi


  • Alexandre Mallet-Guy
  • Andrea Occhipinti
  • Angélica Huete
  • Cynthia Pinet
  • Stefano Massenzi
  • Álvaro Longoria

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