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Everybody Knows

Rated 14 Accompaniment

(Language May Offend, Not Recommended For Children) 133 minutes

Dir: Asghar Farhadi, Spain/France/Italy, 2018
Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Ricardo Darín

In Spanish and Catalán with English subtitles

“Penélope Cruz shines in the movie that opened this year’s Cannes Film Festival - a slow-burning mystery thriller that sees a Spanish family thrown into turmoil by a kidnapping. She plays Laura, who goes back to her home village for a wedding - a jolly affair until her teenage daughter Irene is snatched in the night.The kidnappers threaten to kill Irene if the police are informed, so the distraught Laura relies on her family and friends for help, with old flame Paco (Javier Bardem) leading the chase. Both now with new partners, she and Paco find themselves forced to confront secrets from their shared past. Part whodunnit, part family melodrama, this latest film from Oscar-winning Iranian writer/director Asghar Farhadi plays out like an arthouse Ruth Rendell mystery. Cruz is heartbreakingly convincing as the exhausted mother oscillating between fear, panic and confusion, while her real-life husband Bardem is excellent as the conflicted Paco.” - Anna Smith, Metro