One of the most difficult movies to watch, THE STONING OF SORAYA M. is one of the most powerful and important movies made in a while. I did not expect the actual stoning to be so graphic, but it was necessary. The film is set 25 years ago in a transitional time in Iran's history. One might excuse a single incident as a bizarre aberration, but the truth is that stonings are still going on in countries all over the world. The film is an important reminder that there are plenty of vile, evil people in the work capable of the most cretinous and violent acts imaginable.
The film is full of amazing performances, most notably Shohreh Aghdashloo, who had been nominated for the Oscar previously for HOUSE OF SAND & FOG. John Debney's score is also excellent, and the cinematography suits the movie very well. Parts of the film may seem a bit melodramatic, but considering where the film goes, it's appropriate. I recommend the film, as long as you can handle the violence.