The Patience Stone was the movie in Toronto that two separate women told me I needed to see. And boy was it worth it. It is basically a monologue performed brilliantly by Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani to her husband who is lying in a coma after being injured in war. The woman is unnamed, as is the country, and she is a symbol of all women who are forced to marry young, bear children, and deal with men fighting and killing each other. She symbolizes the women whose own hopes and dreams are sublimated due to circumstances and restrictions placed on them just because they are women. They long for love and long for life but live with duty and in fear. It is a beautiful lament on the need for peace.
As we reported yesterday, The Patience Stone was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics with a 2013 release date.