Who says MCS is obsessed with only big blockbuster fare? Well, nobody, but I thought I’d prove them all wrong anyway.
With the summer movie season in full-force, sometimes we all need to stop and catch our breath. I’m just as guilty as anybody at getting myself into a tizzy about things blowing up and robots with testicles, but it’s important, for me, to remember (especially at this time of the year) what film can be capable of.
Film has the ability to make a statement, to develop political discourse, and to really make an audience consider a difficult subject. And with the current turmoil in Iran, I think it’s important to take a step back during this break between Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to look at a movie that is swinging for the fences in an entirely different way.
The Stoning of Soraya M. takes place in 1986 Iran. It follows Sahebjam (Jim Caviezel), a man stranded in a small town. He meets an elderly woman who tells him the tory of Soraya, a young woman whose arranged marriage ended tragically.
I haven’t had the opportunity to see the film yet (damn you, Louisville, and your lack of pre-release screenings!). The film opened in limited release on June 26 and is expanding this upcoming weekend, so check it out if you have the time.
Below is a trailer for the film. Enjoy.