The mysterious disappearance of a kindergarten teacher during a picnic in the north of Iran is followed by a series of misadventures for her fellow travelers.


Asghar Farhadi


Asghar Farhadi (screenplay), Azad Jafarian (story) | 1 more credit »
20 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Golshifteh Farahani ... Sepideh
Shahab Hosseini ... Ahmad
Taraneh Alidoosti ... Elly
Merila Zare'i ... Shohreh
Mani Haghighi ... Amir
Payman Maadi ... Peyman (as Peyman Moaadi)
Ra'na Azadivar ... Naazi
Ahmad Mehranfar ... Manoochehr
Saber Abar ... Alireza (as Saber Abbar)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abbas Abedini Abbas Abedini ... Hooman
Abolfazl Ebrahimi Abolfazl Ebrahimi ... Abolfazl
Saleh Esmaeilpor Saleh Esmaeilpor ... Reza bs
Arash Estilaf Arash Estilaf
Kamibekami Kamibekami
Mohammad Khorami Mohammad Khorami ... Morteza


A group of former classmates of an University with their family plans to go for a picnic to Caspian sea shore where Sepideh the organizer of the trip invites Elly who is the Kindergarten teacher of her child to meet her other friend Ahmad returning from Germany. Elly hesitates to accept the invitation but later says ok. In the picnic a boy and Elly goes missing. Written by ramu-98420

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Drama | Mystery


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Asghar Farhadi's 4th feature film. See more »


On the second day in the beach house,around 7,30 a.m. sun is on the left side of the beach,when it is supposed to rise from the east,or the right side of the beach. That is if the location is right or they shot morning scene in the evening. See more »


Sepideh: Now, what does he think about Elly?
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References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »


Song For Eli
Written by Andrea Bauer
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What Has Happened to Elly?
1 April 2011 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

A group of middle-class friends travel from Tehran to spend the weekend at the seaside. Sepideh (Golshifteh Farahani) invites Elly (Taraneh Alidoosti), who is the young teacher of her little daughter, to travel with the three families in order to introduce her to their recently divorced friend Ahmad (Shahab Hosseini) that lives in Germany. Ahmad will spend a few days in Iran and asked the cooperative Sepideh if she can find a fiancée for him. On the next morning, two women go shopping in the town and the Elly tells that she will return to Tehran since her mother has been recently submitted to a heart surgery, but Sepideh asks her to stay and hides her luggage. The children are playing in the sea and one mother asks Elly to watch them. Out of the blue, Sepideh's daughter calls the men that are playing volleyball to rescue one of the children from the water. They rescue the little boy and they seek out Elly, questioning whether she has drowned or returned to Tehran. What has happened to Elly?

"Darbareye Elly" is a spectacular Iranian film, awarded with eleven wins including the Silver Berlin Bear in the category Best Director and with six nominations. The realistic story is impressive, giving the sensation of a documentary through a handy camera. The heartbreaking story makes sense in the values of the Iranian society, where adultery might be punished with death sentence through stoning. The discussion about the "status quo" of Elly, who can not call off her commitment with her fiancé, is a brilliant panel of the thoughts and judgment of their society. I am a fan of Iranian cinema, but "Darbareye Elly" has overcome all my best expectations and is among the best Iranian films I have had the chance to see and I will certainly recommend it to my cinephile friends. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "À Procura de Elly" ("Seeking out Elly")

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Release Date:

6 June 2009 (Iran) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Tonekabon, Mazandaran, Iran


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Opening Weekend USA:

$13,180, 12 April 2015

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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