A wedding sits at the center of Asghar Farhadi’s Everybody Knows. At least that is what the story would have you believe. In reality, the events that take place after the wedding are what ultimately drive the narrative.
Oscar winners Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem star in the high stakes thriller that will pit the past against the present as fears mount and the unthinkable becomes a reality when one woman’s eldest daughter is abducted. The days that follow are filled with tension as secrets come to light that will shatter the lives of all involved.
Everybody Knows has been extremely active on the festival circuit this year, serving as the opening night film at the Festival de Cannes last May. Though the story itself leaves much to be desired, I have to admit that the film’s debut trailer is extraordinary.
It should be noted that Focus Features is holding the film, all but securing its omission from any award season glory this year. Whether that is from a lack of faith in its potential or an overall scheduling conflict, fans will have to wait to learn the big secret when Everybody Knows hits theaters in February 2019.