Everybody Knows

Please Note: This film is no longer showing at Railroad Square Cinema

“Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi is one of the finest writers and directors working today. Each of his imports, like About Elly, Fireworks Wednesday, and the Oscar-winning A Separation, bristles with compassion and humanity and a lived-in sense of realism. His films are simple stories on the surface that slowly reveal onion-skin layers of complexity, often hinging on the secrets and lies we keep to ourselves until they can’t be kept any longer. And each of them, if you happen to love movies, is an event. Stateside at least, Farhadi’s latest, Everybody Knows, is an even bigger event than usual since it’s one of his few films set outside of Iran and features a pair of well-known movie stars in Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. Its lovely, sun-dappled Spanish setting shouldn’t hurt its appeal either. Taking place during a holiday weekend in a picturesque village outside of Madrid, where a large Spanish family gathers for a raucous wedding celebration, the film starts off with a wave of relaxed good cheer and free-flowing booze. But soon enough, as the film’s ominous title hints, this party will turn dark — very dark — becoming a nightmarish detective story fueled by long-buried revelations, sucker-pinch twists, and past indiscretions that are dredged up. No one will remain innocent….” —Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly. In English, and in Spanish and Catalan with English subtitles. R. 132 Min.