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Everybody Knows (Spanish: Todos lo saben, lit. 'Everyone Knows It') is a 2018 Spanish-language psychological thriller film involving a criminal mystery, written and directed by Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, and starring Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz.[4][5] The film opened the 2018 Cannes Film Festival in competition[6] and was released in Spain on 14 September 2018.[7] It was released in the United States on 8 February 2019.[8]

Everybody Knows
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Theatrical release poster
SpanishTodos lo saben
Directed byAsghar Farhadi
Produced by
Written byAsghar Farhadi
Music byJavier Limón
CinematographyJosé Luis Alcaine
Edited byHayedeh Safiyari
  • Memento Films
  • Morena Films
  • Lucky Red
Distributed byFocus Features
Release date
  • 8 May 2018 (2018-05-08) (Cannes)
  • 14 September 2018 (2018-09-14) (Spain)
Running time
132 minutes
CountrySpain, France, Italy
Budget$11.8 million[1]
Box office$18 million[2][3]



The story follows Laura (Penélope Cruz), a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, who returns with her teenage daughter Irene and young son to her hometown outside Madrid for a family wedding. However, the trip is upset by unexpected criminal events that bring past secrets out into the open.[4]

When Irene is kidnapped and Laura is forced to come up with ransom money without involving the authorities, the whole family becomes part of the investigation.



The film is a French-Spanish-Italian co-production and received funding from Canal+, Eurimages, France Télévisions, Ciné+, l’ICAA, and Movistar, among others.[4]

Principal photography started in August 2017.[5]


The film had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on 8 May 2018.[9] Shortly after, Focus Features acquired distribution rights to the film in various territories.[10] It also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on 8 September 2018.[11][12] It was released in Spain on 14 September 2018.[13] It was released in the United States on 8 February 2019.[8]


Cast and director at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 77% based on 113 reviews, and an average rating of 6.2/10. The Critics Consensus says: "Everybody Knows is somewhat less than the sum of its parts despite the efforts of an outstanding cast - and a disappointing step back for writer-director Asghar Farhadi".[14] On the aggregator Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 68 out of 100, based on 16 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[15]

Writing for The A.V. Club, A. A. Dowd gave the film a B rating, saying that "Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz help break Cannes' opening-night curse".[16] Australian film site This Is Film similarly awarded the film a positive review, with contributing critic Peter Gray stating it was “an absorbing, expertly-crafted thriller that continually holds your emotions at ransom”.[17]

The film was nominated in eight categories at the 33rd Goya Awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Original Song.[18]


  1. ^ IFP Editorial Staff (22 August 2017). "Asghar Farhadi Starts Shooting Latest Film in Spain". Iran Front Page News. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Everybody Knows (2018)". The Numbers. Nash Information Services. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Everybody Knows (2018)". Box Office Mojo. Nash Information Services. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Goodfellow, Melanie (22 August 2017). "Asghar Farhadi begins Spanish-language thriller 'Everybody Knows'". Screen Daily. Screen International. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  5. ^ a b Keslassy, Elsa (22 August 2017). "Asghar Farhadi Begins Filming 'Everybody Knows' With Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz in Spain". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  6. ^ Orlova-Alvarez, Tamara; Alvarez, Joe (8 May 2018). "Opening Night Of The 71st Cannes Film Festival". Ikon London Magazine. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  7. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (5 April 2018). "Asghar Farhadi's 'Everybody Knows' to Open and Compete at Cannes Film Festival". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  8. ^ a b Pederson, Erik (28 September 2018). "'Everybody Knows': Penélope Cruz-Javier Bardem Thriller From Asghar Farhadi Set For February". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  9. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (4 April 2018). "Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem's 'Everybody Knows' to Open Cannes Film Festival (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  10. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (9 May 2018). "Focus Features Buys Cannes Opener 'Everybody Knows'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  11. ^ Orlova-Alvarez, Tamara; Alvarez, Joe (8 September 2018). "Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem at Toronto Premiere of Everybody Knows". Ikon London Magazine. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Everybody Knows". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  13. ^ "'Everybody Knows' to go on screen across Spain on September 14". 14 September 2018. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  14. ^ "Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  15. ^ "Everybody Knows Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  16. ^ Dowd, A. A. (7 March 2018). "Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz Help Break Cannes' Opening-Night Curse". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  17. ^ "Everybody Knows (Todos lo Saben) | Film Review | This Is Film". This Is Film - Conversations in Film and Pop Culture. 5 March 2019. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  18. ^ "Todos los nominados a los Goya 2019". El Mundo. Retrieved 2 February 2019.

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