The Patience Stone (film)

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The Patience Stone
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Directed by Atiq Rahimi
Produced by Michael Gentile
Written by Atiq Rahimi
Jean-Claude Carrière
Starring Golshifteh Farahani
Hamid Djavadan
Massi Mrowat
Hassina Burgan
Music by Max Richter
Cinematography Thierry Arbogast
Edited by Hervé de Luze
Release date
Country Afghanistan, France
Language Dari

The Patience Stone (Persian: سنگ صبور‎‎) is a 2012 French-Afghan war drama film directed by Atiq Rahimi, based on his 2008 novel of the same title. Written by Jean-Claude Carrière and the director, the film stars Golshifteh Farahani, Hamid Djavadan, Massi Mrowat, and Hassina Burgan.

The film was selected as the Afghan entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, although it was not nominated.[1] Golshifteh Farahani was nominated for the Most Promising Actress award at the 39th César Awards.[2]


Somewhere, in Afghanistan or elsewhere, in a country torn apart by a war... A young woman in her thirties watches over her older husband in a decrepit room. He is reduced to a vegetative state because of a bullet in the neck. Not only is he abandoned by his companions in Jihad (one of whom has shot him during an argument), but also by his brothers.

One day, the woman decides to tell the truth to her silent husband, explaining to him her feelings about their relationship. She talks about her childhood, her suffering, her frustrations, her loneliness, her dreams, her desires. She says things she could never have done before, even though they have been married for the past 10 years. Therefore, this paralyzed man unconsciously becomes sang-e sabour, a magic stone which, according to Persian mythology, when placed in front of a person shields her from unhappiness, suffering, pains and miseries.

In her wait for her husband to come back to life, the woman struggles to survive and live. She finds refuge in her aunt's place, who is a prostitute, and the only relative who understands her. The woman seeks to free herself from suffering through the words she delivers audaciously to her husband. But after weeks looking after him, she will actually reveal herself in the relationship she starts with a young soldier.


Critical reception[edit]

The Patience Stone has a 'fresh' rating of 86% on Rotten Tomatoes.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Oscars: The Patience Stone chosen to be the Afghan entry!". Le Pacte. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Berenice Bejo, Lea Seydoux, Roman Polanski Among France's Cesar Awards Nominees". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Retrieved 30 August 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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