Everybody Knows

Drama | In Spanish with English subtitles | 132 minutes

Info

Laura, a Spanish woman living in Argentina, and her teenage daughter, Irene, and young son, Diego, return to their small hometown in Spain to attend the wedding of Laura’s younger sister. Laura runs into her old flame Paco while Irene hangs out with a teenaged boy named Felipe. Shortly after the wedding festivities are over, Laura grows worried when she can’t find Irene, who appears to be missing. Laura receives a note: Irene has been kidnapped and Laura will have to fork over 300,000 Euros if she wants  Irene back, alive.  Laura’s husband, Alejandro, arrives from Argentina. But Alejandro is an alcoholic and bankrupt, so he’s no help. But what does emerge is a confession by Laura to Paco that Irene is his biological daughter. Paco’s wife, Bea,  is furious when Paco tells her he plans to sell part of his land to pay the ransom. Irene will be rescued but Paco’s involvement has opened deep family wounds.      

Cast
Penélope Cruz (Laura) / Javier Barden (Paco) / Ricardo Darín (Alejandro) / Carla Campra (Irene)
Why Stream This Film?
 Farhadi is a master at depicting how  past hurts can rip apart families. Of all his films, Farhadi illustrates this best in Everybody Knows.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 78%
  • Metacritic Score: 68
Accolades
  • Cannes Film Festival: Nominated, Best Director (Asghar Farhadi)
  • Cinema Writers Circle Awards: Nominated, Best Film; Best Director (Asghar Farhadi); Best Actress (Penélope Cruz); Best Actor (Javier Barden); Best Original Screenplay (Asghar Farhadi)
The performances themselves are so intelligent, mature and yet uninhibited. Farhadi’s storytelling has overpowering force.
Peter Bradshaw

The Guardian

EVERYBODY KNOWS is  superbly acted, richly provocative and never less than enthralling.
Matt Fagerholm

RogerEbert.com

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