Movie Diary 2/26/2019

Everybody Knows (Asghar Farhadi, 2018). The Oscar-winning Iranian director goes to Spain, for a film that uses genre (a kidnapping and its aftermath) in order to explore the tangled relationships in a small community. As is sometimes the case with Farhadi, everything is done with almost too-neat precision, but the storytelling is fascinating and novelistic. Farhadi’s ability with actors is superb; here, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem play former lovers whose bond remains charged (she’s gone off to Argentina and married a man there, played by Ricardo Darín). Those leads are strong, but even better are some of the supporting players, especially Bárbara Lennie and Eduard Fernández, plus there’s a wily role for the excellent José Ángel Egido as a former cop drawn into the case; he can do more by shifting his eyes from one spot in the distance to another than most actors can with a page of dialogue. (full review 3/1)

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