Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem at Toronto Premiere of Everybody Knows

Loved up couple Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem graced the red carpet at the Toronto Film Festival to promote their latest flick Everybody Knows directed by the great Asghar Farhadi.

Penelope Cruz © Joe Alvarez

With two Academy Awards already under his belt, Asghar Farhadi has nothing left to prove, but the writer and director of A Separation and The Salesman keeps pushing in new directions.

With Everybody Knows, he shifts location from his native Iran to sun-kissed Spain, and casts three of the most electric actors in Spanish-language cinema. Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, and Ricardo Darín are at their very best in this captivating tale of suspicion, money, and kin.

Director Asghar Farhadi admitted to the Ikon London Magazine that he plans to come to London soon with the theatre play © Joe Alvarez

Laura (Cruz) travels with her teenage daughter and young son to the village where she grew up to attend her sister’s wedding. She’s left her husband Alejandro (Darín) back in Argentina and is free to plunge into the simple pleasures of her youth. But tensions run just under the surface with Laura’s family, and the stray feelings she has for her old boyfriend Paco (Bardem), who now runs a nearby vineyard, might trouble the waters further.

Javier Bardem © Joe Alvarez

Still, everybody gathers to celebrate the wedding at a big village party, when the power cuts out… and Laura’s daughter disappears. Farhadi builds this setup beautifully but he’s interested most in what happens when the shine of the idyllic setting fades. Tightening the screws of his thriller plot, he reveals the events and betrayals that might have led someone to kidnap Laura’s daughter.

Penelope Cruz © Joe Alvarez

As in his previous films, Farhadi shows an eye for the telling social detail – the way a man can carry his peasant past with him even as he becomes a landowner, or a woman can become a foreigner to her family just by moving abroad. Rich in insight, completely engrossing, and graced by dazzling, movie-star performances, Everybody Knows is a pure pleasure to watch.

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