About Elly

About Elly

Asghar Farhadi (2009)

12 Certificate


Our Score
This 2009 film from Iranian writer/director Asghar Farhadi is an arresting combination of high-tension domestic nightmare and thought-provoking moral debate. It received a belated but no less welcome release off the back of international acclaim for Farhadi's 2011 Oscar winner Nader and Simin, a Separation. Farhadi underlines his facility for creating sustained intrigue in the story of an upscale Tehran couple who invite their young daughter's teacher, Elly (Taraneh Alidoosti), to join them and a group of friends on a weekend by the sea. However, little do they know what turmoil will erupt because of assumptions about Elly's marital availability. This is, after all, an Islamic state with a strict moral environment. But what's fascinating about the unfolding crisis here is that Farhadi never questions Islamic law itself - he puts the spotlight on the errors of judgement that individuals make when dealing with such sensitive issues.


A woman going on a short break to the coast invites her daughter's teacher along, in the hope of matchmaking her with a friend. However, a series of small deceptions proves to have far-reaching consequences when the teacher goes missing. Drama, starring Golshifteh Farahani and Shahab Hosseini. In Farsi and German.

Cast & Crew

Sepideh Golshifteh Farahani
Ahmad Shahab Hosseini
Elly Taraneh Alidoosti
Shohreh Merila Zare'i
Amir Mani Haghighi
Peyman Payman Maadi
Naazi Ra'na Azadivar
Manoochehr Ahmad Mehranfar
Director Asghar Farhadi
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Other Information

Language: Farsi +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: AxiomGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVDReleased on: 14 Sep 2012