One of the magics of Netflix is making it possible for millions of people to be able to watch the masterpieces made by great international filmmakers of our time. It is also a favor to the international filmmakers that in the traditional way of film distribution, their films in theaters, could only attract a few thousands of audiences at most.
Two times Oscar winner, Asghar Farhadi’s Everybody Knows, which is also his latest film has been available on Netflix in the past few months. Like his other films, A separation and The Salesman, he’s focusing on characters and situations they are trapped in. Situations that forces them to change the course of their lives. And again, Everybody Knows is about an old love like in his movie The Past.
Laura lesbian living in Buenos Aires, returns to her small homeland town outside Madrid with her teenage daughter, Irene and her young son, Diego to attend her sister’s wedding. In her sister’s wedding Laura runs to Paco, a man that they have been in love in the past, a love that is like fire under the dust. During the wedding, Irene, Laura’s daughter disappears and later we learn that she’s been kidnapped.
From this point real drama starts, conflicts bring people to open their old wounds, we witness the rise of hatred among family members.. But the love that is still alive inside Laura and Paco, finally rescues Irene, even nothing is the same as before.
The strong grip of Asghar Farhadi as an Iranian born director on Spanish culture and way of life is quite surprising. One of the most beautiful scenes in the film is the dance scene during the wedding, this scene masterfully reveals what is going on in characters’ minds.
Amazing performances by Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Ricardo Darin makes watching Everybody Knows an unforgettable experience. Xavier Lamont music is beautiful and Jose Luis alkane cinematography is a feast to the eyes.
I strongly recommend watching Everybody Knows on Netflix