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The Stoning of Soraya M. (2009) 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… 2009-06-26 R PT116M Drama Shohreh Aghdashloo Jim Caviezel Roadside Attractions
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The Stoning of Soraya M. (2009)

MPAA Rating: R

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The Stoning of Soraya M. | FALSELY ACCUSED Mozhan Marno in The Stoning of Soraya M.
FALSELY ACCUSED Mozhan Marno in The Stoning of Soraya M.
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jun 26, 2009; Rated: R; Length: 116 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Shohreh Aghdashloo and Jim Caviezel; Distributor: Roadside Attractions

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

Originally posted Jul 01, 2009 Published in issue #1055 Jul 10, 2009 Order article reprints