With two Academy Awards® already under his belt, Asghar Farhadi has nothing left to prove, but the writer and director of A SEPARATION and THE SALESMAN keeps pushing in new directions.
With EVERYBODY KNOWS, he shifts location from his native Iran to sun-kissed Spain, and casts three of the most electrifying actors in Spanish-language cinema.
Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, and Ricardo Darín are at their very best in this captivating tale of suspicion, money and kin. Laura (Cruz) travels with her teenage daughter and young son to the village where she grew up to attend her sister's wedding.
She's left her husband Alejandro (Darín) back in Argentina and is free to plunge into the simple pleasures of her youth. But tensions run just under the surface with Laura's family, and the lingering feelings she has for old boyfriend Paco (Bardem)—now running a nearby vineyard—might trouble the waters further. Everyone gathers to celebrate the wedding at a big village party, cut short by a power outage during which Laura's daughter disappears.
Farhadi builds this setup beautifully but is interested most in what happens when the shine of the idyllic setting fades. Tightening the screws of his thriller plot, he reveals the events and betrayals that might have led someone to kidnap Laura's daughter.
As in his previous films, Farhadi shows an eye for the telling social detail—the way a man can betray his peasant past with him even as he becomes a landowner, or a woman can become a foreigner to her family just by moving abroad. Rich in insight, completely engrossing and graced by dazzling, movie-star performances, EVERYBODY KNOWS is a pure pleasure to watch. (Synopsis from the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival Program Guide)
“There’s a twist that arrives an hour into EVERYBODY KNOWS that wouldn’t feel out of place in a telenovela. However, under the guidance of Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi, it’s just another piece of a beguiling puzzle…. Once again, he has delivered a provocative meditation on the dynamics of communication. Knowledge is power, but in EVERYBODY KNOWS, nobody’s quite certain about the whole truth.” —Eric Kohn, Indiewire “EVERYBODY KNOWS opens with a whirlwind introduction to a sprawling Spanish family…,The web of relationships, loyalties, and long-buried grievances is the living organism that will fuel the next two hours, but it’s enough intrigue to fuel a year of soap opera episodes.” —Emily Yoshida, Vulture
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