From Asghar Farhadi, the Academy Award winning director of A SEPARATION, comes this gripping mystery set among a group of friends on a holiday retreat. It was made in 2009, when it won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, but due to rights issues, its US distribution was held up until now.
With their close friend Ahmad returns from Germany, a group of former college pals decide to reunite for a weekend outing by the Caspian Sea. The fun starts right away as they quickly catch on to the plan of lively Sepideh, who has brought along Elly, her daughter’s kindergarten teacher, in hopes of setting her up with recently divorced Ahmad. But seemingly trivial lies, which start accumulating from the moment the group arrives at the seashore, suddenly swing round and come back full force when Elly suddenly vanishes one afternoon while her fellow vacationers think she’s playing life-guard. Her mysterious disappearance sets in motion a series of deceptions and revelations that threaten to shatter everything they hold dear. (C) Cinema Guild .
It’s breezy, then suspenseful, and gradually, crushingly sad. On its own terms, it’s a perfect film. David Edelstein NY Magazine