0804 GMT December 05, 2019
Movies have the wonderful ability to shift perception and help you to see and understand the other. Nowhere is this more apparent than in foreign-language films. For a century, cinema has helped people glimpse life in countries where they may never set foot.
Although Hollywood still dominates the box office, art houses and services like Netflix have given easy access to films from around the globe, pastemagazine.com wrote.
Netflix prepared a list including movies from a dozen different languages from a dozen or more different countries—from traditional cinema powerhouses like France, Italy and Japan to more recent centers of creativity like Brazil, Indonesia and even the former Soviet Republic of Georgia.
Speaking about reality-based content of Farhadi's films, the senior US Critic Tim Grierson writes about the film as “the mixture of plot twists and moral shading, the focus on flawed characters and irresolvable pasts: Fans of Farhadi have come to cherish these trademark elements in his films. ‘Everybody Knows’ is the Iranian filmmaker’s first work in Spanish.”
“It stars Penelope Cruz as Laura, a wife and mother who returns to the village where she grew up after years of living in Argentina with her husband, Alejandro (Ricardo Darin). The reason for the reunion is her sister’s wedding, which brings joy but also anxiety for Laura. While she’s happy to see her family after being gone for so long, there’s an overriding tension: Why has she been so absent? Also making things complicated is that this is the first time in a decade that she’s seen Paco (Javier Bardem), who owns a vineyard and was once Laura’s lover. But that’s seemingly all in the past since he’s now happily married to Bea (Barbara Lennie). Of course, anyone who’s seen a Farhadi film — including ‘A Separation’, ‘The Past’ and ‘The Salesman’ — knows that old lovers and complicated families don’t go quietly.
“Those ingredients are the basic building blocks of Farhadi’s dramas, and once Everybody Knows gets rolling, we raise our antennae, preparing for the shockwaves to come. Amidst a superb cast, Bardem and Cruz are both strong playing characters who haven’t let go of the past — a familiar affliction in Farhadi’s films. Which is maybe why Lennie is Everybody Knows’ true knockout.
“As Farhadi skillfully moves his protagonists around the chessboard, only Lennie feels fully untethered, her wild card of a character refusing to be reined in by her husband — or even Farhadi’s narrative maneuvering.”