From now on, I think I’ll go with my instinct rather than Rotten Tomatoes when it comes to deciding on what foreign films to watch. It’s been either off the mark or completely out of the ballpark with [prior posts] The Blue Room, Blue is the Warmest Color, Leviathan, Two Days, One Night… and now About Elly. Foreign? Must be good! Critics have hailed About Elly as “outstanding” and a “masterpiece.” Puh-leease. And these guys get paid. Another example of backwardsville.
About Elly is not all bad. It held a line of tension, and therefore my attention, through the whole film. A mystery resolved as unsatisfyingly as it is concocted nonetheless offers a point of interest. That mystery, and a visit to Iran comprise this film’s assets.
I checked the translation, and as far as I can tell About Elly is an accurate representation of the Persian title. Which is to say, a bit lame — just like the movie. 4/10