Credibility of 's story and film plot itself is disputed by many Iranian critics, expert Elise Auerbach from , and film critics like Richard Nilsen from and from. Ali is able to convince the mullah by making threats to tell the rest of the village about his past as a convict. The ending is not supposed to be a surprise. The two sit down as Zahra recounts the story to Freidoune, who records the conversation with his tape recorder. Aided by his loyal friend Johnny Vohden, Rane, now wielding a hook for a hand, sets out on his mission of vengeance.
They bring the widower to the home, and, after he lies and says that they had engaged in adultery, a trial is pursued. The charge was a complete fabrication concocted by her unfaithful husband — but she paid for his lies with her life. Zahra is heard narrating the story to the journalist about her niece. Zahra intervenes, and takes her niece, Ali, and the Mayor of the village to her house to talk privately. Amnesty International has taken up her case and is campaigning vigorously for her execution to be halted. It only really affected Mozhan when she was put in the hole. She said it was just awful to be surrounded by this screaming mob.
The penalty for such a crime is death by stoning - a barbaric practice condoned by Sharia law, that still prevails in some parts of the world. It took six days and left cast and crew completely drained. A quest for a killer that becomes a mind bending search for the meaning of life. While rushing to the borders, the French journalist, Freidoune Sahebjam, is eventually approached by a woman covered in a black chador, who desperately asks for a meeting to disclose the tragic events that led to the cruel and inhumane punishment of her niece, Soraya, on the night before. And then there are the repercussions. Rane survives and becomes obsessed with getting revenge.
But if audience involvement is any indication, this is an unqualified success. Soon after, Ali drags Soraya through the streets, beating her and publicly declaring that she has been unfaithful. Horrifically brutal acts against women that include whippings, burnings and beheadings, still take place in many countries. Zahra barges in and encourages Soraya to refuse the offer. After the stoning, her bones were picked clean by wild dogs and then laid in the earth by her aunt Zahra. Ali and the mullah start a rumor about Soraya's so they can charge her with. By a terrible coincidence, the film was released as it emerged the Iranian government was intending to stone another woman — Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani — for adultery.
Reluctant but intrigued, Freidoune begins to record the unspeakable story of the mother of four and the wrongfully accused of adultery woman, in a land where women simply don't matter. Based on a book by journalist Freidoune Sahebjam, it tells the true story of Soraya, who was accused of adultery in a remote village in Iran in 1986. A short while later, the mullah and the widower are informed by Ali that his marriage to the teenage girl is off, implying that he could not spare her father from execution. Is that what they teach there? Ali takes up stones and throws them himself. Zahra suggests that Soraya may do the job if she is paid. On the night I saw The Stoning of Soraya M, some simply could not watch. Now, tentative, her husband bends to examine her face.
When thugs invade his home to steal the silver coins he received for his service, they mangle his hand and leave him and his family for dead. Ali's marriage to the teenager is conditional on Ali's ability to save the girl's father, a doctor who has been sentenced to death for an unspecified crime. But as the journalist prepares to drive away, Zahra appears out of an alley with the true tape in her hand. She is still on death row. It is the gut-wrenching finale to a deeply shocking film.
Due to the covert nature of these events, accurate statistics are difficult to obtain, but reports indicate that over the last 15 years, at least 1,000 women have been stoned to death in many countries, including Iran, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, Iraq, Unites Arab Emirates, Afghanistan and Pakistan. It may be too visceral for critics also like United 93 , but film lovers should definitely seek it out. You can see from her face that she simply cannot grasp what is happening to her — or how it can be happening. They escape across the border into Mexico and will be home-free the next morning, when they pay off the local kingpin. But it is nowhere near as horrific as the plight of Sakineh — and the 13 other Iranians on death row - who still face such a barbaric punishment. Between malicious gossip and devious plots, false accusations and the machinations of a whole village, Soraya's abusive husband will finally force a unanimous verdict against a woman who defiled Islam and the entire village in the eyes of her family. The journalist must escape with his life to tell the story to the rest of the world.
Men attempt to run after the car before the journalist is able to drive away. Jim Caviezel cameos as Sahebjam. The mullah proposes that Soraya becomes his temporary wife, referred to in Iran as 'Sigeh', in exchange for protection and monetary support for Soraya and her two daughters. And when the strain of being separated from her family, especially her son, gets to her, John decides to break her out. Five Times Two As young French couple Gilles and Marion officially separate, we see, in reverse order, the milestone moments in their relationship: Gilles revealing his unfaithfulness at a tense dinner party; Marion giving birth to their premature son while Gilles is elsewhere; Gilles and Marion's joyous wedding;. It was also the second runner-up for the Cadillac People's Choice Award. We know about Sakineh but there are a number of other women on death row in Iran who face being stoned.
. They are shooed away, where they wait by the sidelines as the stoning begins. Ali is 's abusive husband who tries to get the village's to convince Soraya to grant him a divorce so that he can. Some days following the incident, a woman dies. Only men, including Soraya's father, are allowed while Soraya is confined with some women in Zahra's house.
They visit the widower at home and, using threats, manipulate the widower into agreeing to back up their story. The villagers believed her story would be buried with her but Zahra had other ideas, risking her own safety to tell Sahebjam whose car broke down near the village shortly after the execution. Film received financing led by , the company started by President John Shepherd, , and. The film, shot in a remote and extraordinarily beautiful village in Jordan, threw up huge technical and logistical challenges culminating in the horror of the execution sequence. Before the actual stoning can begin, a traveling carnival van comes through and tries to perform their act.