Everybody Knows (film)

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Everybody Knows
Everybody Knows (film).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Spanish Todos lo saben
Directed by Asghar Farhadi
Produced by
Written by Asghar Farhadi
Music by Javier Limón
Cinematography José Luis Alcaine
Edited by Hayedeh Safiyari
  • Memento Films
  • Morena Films
  • Lucky Red
Distributed by Focus Features
Release date
  • 8 May 2018 (2018-05-08) (Cannes)
  • 14 September 2018 (2018-09-14) (Spain)
Running time
132 minutes
Country Spain
Language Spanish
Budget $11.8 million[1]
Box office $10.9 million[2]

Everybody Knows (Spanish: Todos lo saben) is a 2018 Spanish psychological thriller film written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, and starring Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz.[3][4] The film opened the 2018 Cannes Film Festival in competition[5] and was released in Spain on 14 September 2018.[6]


The story follows Laura (Penélope Cruz), a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, who returns with her children to her hometown outside Madrid for a wedding. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open.[3]



The film is a French-Spanish-Italian co-production and received funding from Canal+, Eurimages, France Télévisions, Ciné+, l’ICAA and Movistar, among others.[3]

Principal photography started in August 2017.[4]


The film had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on 8 May 2018.[7] Shortly after, Focus Features acquired distribution rights to the film in various territories.[8] It also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on 8 September 2018. [9] [10] It was released in Spain on 14 September 2018.[11] It is scheduled to be released in the United States on 8 February 2019.[12]


Cast and director at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

The film was received with rather positive to mixed reviews from critics. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 60%, based on 48 reviews, and an average rating of 6.2/10. The Critics Consensus says: "Everybody Knows is somewhat less than the sum of its parts despite the efforts of an outstanding cast - and a disappointing step back for writer-director Asghar Farhadi".[13] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 68 out of 100, based on 16 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[14]

Writing for The A.V. Club, A. A. Dowd gave the film a B rating, saying that that "Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz help break Cannes' opening-night curse".[15]


  1. ^ IFP Editorial Staff (22 August 2017). "Asghar Farhadi Starts Shooting Latest Film in Spain". Iran Front Page News. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Everybody Knows (2018)". The Numbers. Nash Information Services. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Goodfellow, Melanie (22 August 2017). "Asghar Farhadi begins Spanish-language thriller 'Everybody Knows'". Screen Daily. Screen International. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  4. ^ a b Keslassy, Elsa (22 August 2017). "Asghar Farhadi Begins Filming 'Everybody Knows' With Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz in Spain". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  5. ^ Orlova-Alvarez, Tamara; Alvarez, Joe (May 8, 2018). "Opening Night Of The 71st Cannes Film Festival". Ikon London Magazine. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  6. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (5 April 2018). "Asghar Farhadi's 'Everybody Knows' to Open and Compete at Cannes Film Festival". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  7. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (4 April 2018). "Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem's 'Everybody Knows' to Open Cannes Film Festival (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  8. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (9 May 2018). "Focus Features Buys Cannes Opener 'Everybody Knows'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  9. ^ Orlova-Alvarez, Tamara; Alvarez, Joe (September 8, 2018). "Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem at Toronto Premiere of Everybody Knows". Ikon London Magazine. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  10. ^ "Everybody Knows". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  11. ^ "'Everybody Knows' to go on screen across Spain on September 14". mehrnews.com. 14 September 2018. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  12. ^ Pederson, Erik (28 September 2018). "'Everybody Knows': Penélope Cruz-Javier Bardem Thriller From Asghar Farhadi Set For February". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  14. ^ "Everybody Knows Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  15. ^ Dowd, A. A. (7 March 2018). "Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz Help Break Cannes' Opening-Night Curse". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved 9 May 2018.

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