The Stoning of Soraya M.
Review by MaceVindaloo
Starring: Mozhan MarnÚ, Shohreh Aghdashloo
Rating: Victory Star Destroyer (packs a wallop!)
Recently in one of my binge Netflix runs, I was in the mood for something a little different that my normal mind fodder, I came across The Stoning of Soraya M. A based on true events story of a woman who is married in rural Iran in the mid 80's to an unfaithful man. He is smitten with his new 14-year-old girlfriend and thinks she would make a much better wife than his current one. The movie chronicles his efforts to divorce or otherwise be rid of his first wife and the lengths he will go to achieve that outcome.
Directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh with Mozhan MarnÚ as Soraya, the unfortunate housewife, and Shohreh Aghdashloo as Zahra her aunt desperate to get the truth out to the rest of the world. This movie is a chilling look into the differences of morality and culture that we in the west are only partially informed. Or at the very least, we thought was left back in the days of Henry VIII, and was only the behavior of nobility. That this is practiced by normal people today is incredible and scary.
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