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A Separation (2011)A Separation (2011)

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

Drama

best
THE VERY BEST

9.7

movie

France, Iran

Persian

Challenging, Discussion-sparking, Emotional

2011

Asghar Farhadi

Ali-Asghar Shahbazi, Babak Karimi, Kimia Hosseini

123 min

Synopsis

A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.

Our Take

9.7
Bilal Zouheir

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.

Comments

R
roro64

Very good film. The way it is shot makes it incredibly thrilling from start to finish. Must watch

M
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.

R
rapid

It can be slow at times but it’s still a great movie. It’s different from other things you could watch

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