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A Separation 2011 / Iranian star director Asghar Farhadi’s delicate drama deals with the complexity of human morals and serves as a perfect introduction to the rich film culture of Iran

9.7

Not one but two Oscars as well as a Golden Globe are among this movie’s never-ending list of accolades. It was the first Iranian film ever to get an Oscar and the first non-English film ever nominated for Best Screenplay. Originally titled The Separation of Nader from Simin in Persian, it homes in on the dissolving relationship of a middle-class couple from Teheran – and the unintended consequences of tragic events.

However, this film is so intense, well-acted, and well-written, it defies categorization. To be sure, the movie does offer a painful look at a deteriorating marriage. It’s also timely, dealing with the politics of theocracy, economic underdevelopment, and social alienation. It presents tense moral dilemmas without pointing a finger. If you’re curious to learn about the humans of Iran and, by cultural extension, the humans of the Middle East beyond the scope of global politics, A Separation is also for you.

But please don’t call it world cinema, because this is no Slumdog Millionaire. Above all, it is a searing portrayal of human conflict, relationships, and morals. It is an almost perfect depiction of how many bad people are simply good people running out of options.

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    movieproblems

    Watching this movie made me appreciate foreign cinema. I didn't even notice the time passing, so hard to agree with anyone calling this movie slow. 2 people liked this review.

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    rapid

    It can be slow at times but it's still a great movie. It's different from other things you could watch 0 people liked this review.

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