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About Elly (2009)

aka About Elly

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Details: 119 mins · Deutsch, Persian


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Small Sepideh
Small Ahmad
No_movie_poster Elly


Small Asghar Farhadi Director
Small Asghar Farhadi Production
Small Asghar Farhadi Other
Small Asghar Farhadi Story Contributor


A group of middle-class Iranian friends travel to the shores of the Caspian Sea on a three-day vacation. They are former classmates at the law faculty of the university. There are three couples: Sepideh and her husband Amir, who have a young daughter. Shohreh and her husband Peyman, who have two young children, including a son, Arash. Lastly, Nazy and her husband Manuchehr. The trip is planned by Sepideh, who brings along her daughter's kindergarten teacher, Elly, in order to introduce her to Ahmad, a divorced friend, visiting from Germany.

They all go to the villa that Sepideh has booked, but the woman in charge tells them that the owners are due to return the next day, so they won't be able to stay there after all. She suggests that they stay in a deserted beach-fronted villa instead. There would be no cellphone reception there and they would have to go to the old woman's house in order to make calls. Sepideh lies to the old woman about the relationship between Elly and Ahmad: she says they're married and are there for their honeymoon.

Elly is a little shy, but she begins to feel attracted to Ahmad, who seems to feel the same. She calls her mother and lies to her, saying that she's with her co-workers at the sea-side. She wishes to go back to Tehran the following day, as planned. Sepideh doesn't want her to leave and hides her luggage. One of the mothers asks Elly to watch the children playing in the sea. Later, Arash is found floating in the sea and Elly is nowhere to be seen. Arash is resuscitated, but the group doesn't know whether Elly has drowned or has just left for Tehran. The police are called to investigate, while the group continues to search for Elly. The members of the group soon start to blame each other for the events leading up to her disappearance.

However, things are not as they seem, as it turns out that Sepideh has been lying about certain facts concerning Elly.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2015-04-08 : United States of America