‘Everybody Knows’ Review: Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz Star in Riveting Kidnapping Thriller — Cannes 2018
There’s a twist that arrives an hour into “Everybody Knows” that wouldn’t feel out of place in a telenovela.
However, under the guidance of Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi, it’s just another piece of a beguiling puzzle.
As with all the riveting dramas he’s produced over the past decade — “A Separation,” “The Past,” and “The Salesman” — Farhadi’s first Spanish-language feature explores fissures of family bonds as they threaten to fall apart.
New cracks keep appearing in unexpected places, some more resonant than others, but they’re mere vessels for a fascinating deep-dive into the perils of hidden information.Upping the ante with the explosive star power of Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz as his leads, Farhadi has also found the most accessible genre for his heady storytelling to date — the suspenseful mold of a kidnapping thriller.
As usual, Farhadi builds his dilemma around a sudden inciting
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