Farhadi has garnered acclaim for his dramas involving the middle class, a group overlooked in recent Iranian cinema. In this taut, pulse-quickening thriller about the costs of deception, a group of old college friends go for a holiday at the Caspian Sea with newcomer Elly in tow. A mysterious disappearance shatters the mood and relationships.
Winner of the Silver Bear for best director, Berlin Film Festival; Best Narrative Feature, Tribeca Film Festival; and Iran’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. 2009, video, 116 minutes.