Real-life (Oscar winning) couple Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem team up in the trailer for Everybody Knows. This is the new film by Iranian writer/director Asghar Farhadi, whose previous projects include the Foreign Language Oscar-winners A Separation and The Salesman.
Cruz stars in Everybody Knows as Laura, a Spanish woman who has been living happily with her husband Alejandro (Ricardo Darín) and two children in Argentina for many years. When Laura returns to her small hometown near Madrid for her sister's wedding (bringing her kids with her), she is reunited with the rest of her family, as well as Paco (Bardem), a vintner and longtime family friend. However, when Laura's daughter is seemingly kidnapped, the subsequent manhunt brings out unspoken tensions between Laura and her family, revealing "deeply hidden secrets" in the process.
Everybody Knows had its world premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival in May and has since screened at equally prestigious festivals in Toronto and Chicago (among many others). Focus Features has now released an official trailer for the film, ahead of its theatrical rollout early next year. Take a look in the space below, then check out the movie's poster.
The initial critical word of mouth around Everybody Knows is mixed to positive, as evidenced by the film's current 62% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes (after the first 53 reviews). On the whole, critics seem to feel that the movie has the elements of a great psychological thriller and suspenseful drama, but never quite comes together to form an equally riveting viewing experience. The film's lukewarm reception so far also helps to explain why Everybody Knows isn't getting an Oscar-qualifying limited run in December, unlike Farhadi's previous critical darlings.
Still, the Everybody Knows trailer footage is promising enough, and a number of critics similarly agree that the film is worth checking out for the scenes where Cruz and Bardem share the screen alone. The husband-wife duo have worked together a few times in the past (most notably, in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona) and have typically had great on-camera chemistry, when appearing opposite one another. As for this year's Foreign Language Oscar race: with Everybody Knows out of the running, it stands to reason that Alfonso Cuarón's universally acclaimed Spanish-language drama Roma has that award firmly in the bag.
Everybody Knows begins a limited U.S. theatrical release on February 8, 2019.
Source: Focus Features