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The Stoning of Soraya M.

Rated R 2009

A journalist (Jim Caviezel) waiting to have his car repaired in an Iranian village is buttonholed by a middle-aged woman (Shohreh Aghdashloo) who urgently imparts to him the story (rendered in a flashback) of how her niece (Mozhan Marno) was framed for adultery by her vile husband and lynched by her rigidly pious neighbors. Based on a French true-crime best seller, this gory, ham-fisted hybrid of social-issue picture and horror film exerts a crude but undeniable power. Writer-director Cyrus Nowrasteh, best known for having scripted the controversial TV miniseries The Path to 9/11, is an arch-conservative ax-grinder, but the solid cast improbably deepens his one-dimensional characters. In English and subtitled Farsi. R, 116 min.

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Director: Cyrus Nowrasteh

Writer: Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh and Cyrus Nowrasteh

Producer: Stephen McEveety and John Shepherd

Cast: Shohreh Aghdashloo, Mozhan MarnĂ², Navid Negahban, Ali Pourtash, David Diaan, Parviz Sayyad, Vida Ghahremani, Vachik Mangassarian, James Caviezel and Maggie Parto

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