Stoning Of Soraya M.

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Released 2008

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Director:
Cyrus Nowrasteh
Released:
2008
Rating:
R
Based on a true story, Academy Award nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo stars in the heroic role of Zahra, an Iranian woman with a burning secret. When a journalist (Jim Caviezel) is stranded in her remote village, Zahra takes a bold chance to reveal what the villagers will stop at nothing to hide. Thus begins the story of Soraya (Mozhan Marno), a kind woman whose cruel, divorce-seeking husband trumps up false charges of infidelity against her, which carry an unimaginable penalty. Soraya and Zahra attempt to navigate the villagers' scheming, lies and deceit to prove her innocence. But when all else fails, Zahra must risk everything to use the only weapon she has left - her voice - to share Soraya's shocking story with the world.

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    The Stoning of Soraya M. goes well beyond its angry didacticism and its specific indictment of men's oppression of women to achieve the impact of a Greek tragedy through its master...

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The Stoning of Soraya M."has such a powerful stoning sequence that I recommend it if only for its brutal ideological message. That the pitiful death of Soraya is followed by a fals...

  • 40

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Thoroughly blurs the line between high-minded outrage and lurid torture-porn.

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