AFI Fest Review: Everybody Knows – That’s How It Goes

Penélope Cruz stars as Laura and Javier Bardem as Paco in Asghar Farhadi’s EVERYBODY KNOWS, a Focus Features release.Credit: Teresa Isasi/Focus Features

Everybody knows that the leads were lovers.
Everybody knows Laura’s daughter’s lost.
Everybody knows she was the landowner.
Everybody knows she sold it at cost.
Everybody knows the family flinched.
Paco got the fields, Laura didn’t get rich
And they think it blows.
Everybody knows.

Everybody knows Irene is missing.
Everybody knows that one of them lied.
Everybody got their own agenda.
All the buried drama won’t stay inside.
Everybody’s hashing out their old resentments.
Everybody’s breaking their private confidence
And making new foes.
Everybody knows.

Everybody knows Asgard Fahardi is poignant.

Bárbara Lennie stars as Bea and Javier Bardem as Paco in Asghar Farhadi’s EVERYBODY KNOWS, a Focus Features release.Credit: Teresa Isasi/Focus Features

Everybody knows he taps the core.
Everybody knows the performances are layered
Showing how each character is torn.
Everybody knows Bardem is haunting.
All these performances must be daunting
Like the anxious throes
Penelope knows.

Everybody knows, everybody knows.
That’s the line it tows.
Everybody knows.

Everybody knows, everybody knows.
Not your average joes,
Everybody knows.

And everybody knows that Laura’s desperate.

Penélope Cruz stars as Laura and Ricardo Darín as Alejandro in Asghar Farhadi’s EVERYBODY KNOWS, a Focus Features release.Credit: Teresa Isasi/Focus Features

Everybody knows and they feel her pain.
And everybody knows she needs a respite
And nothing will ever be the same.
Everybody knows they’ll live with trauma
But that’s better than the deadly drama
Of these kidnapping woes.
And everybody knows.

And everybody knows someone’s in on it.
Everybody knows it could be anyone.
Everybody knows the family story.
Anyone could hold the smoking gun.
Everybody knows what has been said.
It’s all gonna come to a head
And they’ll disclose
What everybody knows.

And everybody knows there are no secrets.

Javier Bardem stars as Paco, Eduard Fernández as Fernando, Ricardo Darín as Alejandro and Penélope Cruz as Laura in Asghar Farhadi’s EVERYBODY KNOWS, a Focus Features release.Credit: Teresa Isasi/Focus Features

Everybody knows the unspoken truth.
Everyone may just end up ruined
If they do what they gotta do.
Everybody knows it makes good drama,
This one devoted mama
And the seed she sows.
And everybody knows.

Everybody knows, everybody knows.
My recommendation flows,
Everybody knows.

Everybody knows, everybody knows.
The questions it may pose,
Everybody knows.

Everybody knows, everybody knows.
Proof of Life blows.

Everybody knows.
Everybody knows.

Written by
Fred Topel also known as Franchise Fred has been an entertainment journalist since 1999 and specializes in writing about film, television and video games. Fred has written for several outlets including About.com, CraveOnline, and Rotten Tomatoes among others. His favorite films include Toy Story 2, The Rock, Face/Off, True Lies, Labyrinth, The Big Hit, Michael Moore's The Big One, and Casablanca. We are very lucky and excited to have Fred as part of the We Live Entertainment team. Follow him on Twitter @FranchiseFred and @FredTopel

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