Review on the Film:
The Stoning of Soraya M.
Director: Cyrus Nowrasteh
Genre: Drama, Tragedy
The film, The Stoning of Soraya M., is based on a best-selling book written by Iranian- French journalist Freidoune Sahebjam, adapted by Cyrus Nowrasteh. The film's greatest strength besides an outstanding script, was its gifted cast: Shohreh Aghdashloo as Zahra, Mozhan Marno as Soraya Manutchehri, James Caviezel as Freidoune, and other great actors starred in this movie which was filmed in the year 2008 in an Iranian village to show the small village during the Khomeini in 1986. The story revolves around the extremely controversial issue of the highly questionable punishment in Islamic law of death by stoning for adultery that has largely survived through cultural heritage which intrigued me, engrossed me, and forced me to watch this movie. Stranded in a remote Iranian village, Freidoune, a French journalist, is approached by Zahra, a woman who has a harrowing tale to tell about her niece, Soraya, and the bloody circumstances of her death the day before. As the journalist turns on his tape recorder, Zahra takes us back to the beginning of her story which involves Soraya's husband, the local mullah, and a town all too easily led down a path of deceit, coercion, and hysteria. The women, stripped of all rights, confronted the overwhelming desires of corrupt men who use and abuse their authority to condemn Soraya, an innocent but inconvenient wife, to an unjust and torturous death. A shocking and true drama, it exposes the dark power of mob rule, uncivil law, and the utter lack of human rights for women. The last and only hope for some measure of justice lies in the hands of the journalist who must escape with the story and his life, so the world will know. The shooting places will really make you feel that the story happened during the late 80s, especially with the help of the film editors. The designs, the costumes, and even the lines said were planned well. As a...
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