After a couple of drinks the tension seemed to lighten a little, they were sitting on one of the fancy sofas over by the pool.
“The wine any good?” Akira asked as Ellis was taking a sip.
“Oh yeah, it’s the best I’ve ever had I think.” Ellis said looking at his glass with fascination. “Better than the wine I had at…” Ellis trailed off.
“At?” Akira asked.
“Oh nothing, it’s nothing.” Ellis said trying to wave it off.
“Oh come on, tell me.”
“It’s about Harvey.” Ellis said truthfully.
“Oh.” Akira said “Well that is the one rule right, don’t talk about exes on your first date.”
“Exactly.” Ellis said sheepishly “So I’ll let that one go okay?”
“Okay.” Akira smiled and took Ellis hand. “You look really good.”
“Thanks.” Ellis smiled “I had no idea what to wear, I felt like nothing looked good.”
“You look good in anything.” Akira smiled and started to lean in a little.
“Hey!” Ellis said suddenly and stood up “Let’s take a dip in the pool!”
“Really?” Akira chuckled “Okay, fine by me.”


RFA + Unknown


“I was talking with my friends and I told them, ‘If you want to write something on my grave, it should be ‘empathy.’’ I’m always working towards empathy, even with the characters who do wrong. Audiences usually put themselves in the shoes of the good characters. They never put themselves in the shoes of the person who has done something wrong. And there is no challenge when you put yourselves in the shoes of the good people. The films where characters are heroic and do lots of great things are satisfying and comfortable to audiences. But I want audiences to put themselves in the shoes of characters who have done something wrong. In order to do that, I have to create empathy for the character. And [the audience] can then ask themselves, if I were in his shoes would I do the same thing or not? And if I were to do that, what decisions would I make after that? This is kind of an excuse for the audience to make self-realizations.” — Asghar Farhadi

Read: Everybody Has Their Reasons: An Interview with Asghar Farhadi, by Matthew Eng


“A bitter ending is better than an endless bitterness.”

About Elly (dir. Asghar Farhadi, 2009)

One of the best film I’ve watched in a very long time. Farhadi’s control over his script is praiseworthy and allows him to build a constant state of tension and confusion until the very last shot of the film. And what a great cast too.