Lisa Schwarzbaum
June 30, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Stoning of Soraya M.

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
116 minutes
Wide Release Date
06/26/09
performer
Shohreh Aghdashloo, Jim Caviezel
director
Cyrus Nowrasteh
distributor
Roadside Attractions
author
Cyrus Nowrasteh
genre
Drama

We gave it an B

The protests currently galvanizing Iran don’t focus on ending the barbaric custom of stoning as a punishment approved by Islamic law. But a reasonable person might well add the issue to the agenda after enduring this at times unbearably violent agitprop drama, based on the true story of an Iranian woman stoned to death after being falsely accused by her husband of adultery. The Stoning of Soraya M.‘s drawn-out torture sequence is harrowing and lurid. Curious casting: Jim Caviezel, who himself endured onscreen torture as Jesus in The Passion of the Christ, plays the journalist who reports the crime to the world. B

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