The Patience Stone
Afghanistan/France/Germany/UK, 2013, 102 mins. Atiq Rahimi
In a country torn apart by war, Afghanistan or elsewhere… A young woman in her thirties watches over her older husband in a decrepit room. A bullet in the neck has reduced him to a comatose state. He has been abandoned by his fellow combatants and even by his own brothers. One day, the woman’s vigil changes. She begins to speak truth to her silent husband, telling him about her childhood, her suffering, her frustrations, her loneliness, her dreams, desires, and secrets. After years of living under his control, with no voice of her own, she says things she could never have spoken before.
‘A beguiling and perplexing piece of conceptual slow cinema from Afghan director Atiq Rahimi.’
LITTLE WHITE LIES
‘This is a bold and perceptive picture that’s bound to provoke.’
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