Asghar Farhadi’s eighth film was shot entirely on location in Spain. Laura (Penelope Cruz) lives with her husband (played by Javier Bardem) and their children in Buenos Aires. When they return together to her native village in Spain for a family event, the trip gets derailed after unexpected events bring secrets out into the open. The family, its ties and the moral choices imposed on them are all leitmotifs of Farhadi’s films and figure front and center in the script.
The Cannes Festival just announced that “Todos los saben” will open this year’s festival.
Will Farhadi’s tightly-wound family drama endure crossing borders well? Hard to tell. Kiarostami’s films did this well (“Copie Conforme”) and sometimes, less so, as was the case with the Japan-based “Like someone in love.”
“Todos los saben” will compete for the Palme D’Or, the Cannes Festival’s highest honor. Film also stars Argentine actor Ricardo Darin.