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A Separation [Blu-ray]

Leila Hatami , Ali-Asghar Shahbazi , Asghar Farhadi    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Leila Hatami, Ali-Asghar Shahbazi, Babak Karimi
  • Directors: Asghar Farhadi
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Farsi
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Dec 2011
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005NHO9JS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,134 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Asgar Farhadi’s A Separation--a courtroom drama in three acts and Iran’s official entry for Best Foreign Film at the 2012 Oscars--paints an admirably candid picture of dysfunctional life under the Islamic republic. The separation of the film’s title is in the opening divorce hearing--Simin wants to leave Iran with her daughter Termeh; her husband Nadar cannot desert his senile father--but could as easily refer to the divisions of education, gender and social advantage that shape what follows. After Simin moves out, Nadar hires Razeih--a pious woman with a sweet daughter and a hot-headed husband--to care for his unmanageable father. But when a standoff results in disaster for Razeih, both families must assert their honour in Tehran’s congested justice system. There’s nothing quite like a courtroom for dragging up class bitterness--and while Iran’s theocratic regime isn’t on trial in A Separation, its effects are felt in the contest of values at the film’s heart. Secular and middle-class, Nadar and Simin’s sense of Persian superiority belittles Razeih and enrages her husband, both of whom belong to the struggling majority of Iranians who accept the Islamic republic. A careworn judge must draw a line in the blur of distorted facts before him--but state justice wont address the deeper codes of pride and identity at stake. If our sympathies continually shift sides, we’re always behind the observant and fearless young Termeh, the only character whose moral code is flexible enough to survive A Separation intact. The film’s final act--her custody hearing--is Termeh’s alone to decide. --Leo Batchelor

Product Description

United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: Farsi ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Farsi ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: The stand out film of the 2011 Berlin Film Festival and winner of the Golden Bear, A Separation is a suspenseful and intelligent drama detailing the fractures and tensions at the heart of Iranian society. Written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, the film boasts a range of superb performances from the ensemble cast who collectively received the Silver Bears for both Best Actor and Best Actress at the Berlinale. The compelling narrative is driven by a taut and finely written script rooted in the particular of Iranian society but which transcends its setting to create a stunning morality play with universal resonance. When his wife (Leila Hatami) leaves him, Nader (Peyman Moadi) hires a young woman (Sareh Bayat) to take care of his suffering father (Ali-Asghar Shahbazi). But he doesn't know his new maid is not only pregnant, but also working without her unstable husband's (Shahab Hosseini) permission. Soon, Nader finds himself entangled in a web of lies manipulation and public confrontations. A Separation is the first ever Iranian film to be awarded the Golden Bear. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Berlin International Film Festival, British Independent Film Awards, Golden Globes, San Sebastian International Film Festival, ...A Separation ( Jodaeiye Nader az Simin ) ( Nader and Simin, a Separation ) (Blu-Ray)

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66 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and challenging - a brilliant movie! 2 July 2011
Format:DVD
A real gem of a movie that provides a very interesting (and quite surprising) insight into today's Iranian society. Although the story is better left untold, the script challenges you in your perception and opinion of the main characters scene after scene. The acting is top-notch and, although the pace is quite measured, the movie is never dull or boring. A movie I would warmly recommend to anybody who has a brain, a curiosity for the world out there, and thinks that there is a life beyond Transformers 27!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far from far-fetched with incredible acting 23 Oct 2012
By Dooscah
Format:DVD
Some people dislike films which are too serious. Of course, seriousness is everyday reality and this picture is a masterclass demonstration of true life tribulation which made me think & place myself in it's scenario. Too many writers focus on falsified lifestyles, distorted characters, far-fetched scenarios and unreachable settings which regular folk just cannot possibly relate to.

I've never felt more empathy towards individual characters in a screenplay collectively - despite them all being almost totally at odds with each other. It seemed that every scene of this film was intricately crafted by direction to make the screenplay feel natural as opposed to sheer improvisation (if any of it is improvised; it's the best I've seen). The realism of the story and performances grab hold of your attention tightly from the very start right through to the end keeping you at the edge.

There are no fillers or futile scenes bulking out the feature length 2 hours. Every line strictly pertains to an emotion-soaked, bad dream situation which could arguably happen to anyone. It continually surprised me along the way with extra revelations about the facts of the situation. The pace and intensity at which these facts are unveiled, made me feel as if someone was breaking news to me personally since the drama did such a good job at vesting my interest in everyone's angle.

The film title didn't presumably promote any anticipation of wild enjoyment to me so I slept on it for months. However, upon eventually firing it up, I discovered immediately that I painfully misjudged it as just some better-than-average rom-com leading to a break-up, wow... it is not that at all and is much much deeper than a mere separation on many levels; although that is the nucleus of the plot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars rather grim film 10 May 2013
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very well acted but a rather grim film do not watch it if you feel down its more of a film buffs film
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By haunted
Format:DVD
I have never been as tense watching a movie as when I watched "A Separation". But is not a political thriller or an action movie filled with car chases. When we watch those types of movies we know that the events we see will never happen to us so we can sit back and enjoy them.

I think the reason I got so "into" this movie is that the events portrayed in it very easily could happen to me or my friends and family. It is basically a domestic drama, starting with a marriage breakdown.

The amazing opening scene shows an Iranian woman and her husband speaking to a judge. She wants a divorce as she has a visa to settle in another country but he says he can't leave, as he has to look after his elderly father, who has Alzheimer's. It's sadly obvious that their relationship has completely broken down. The judge doesn't agree to the divorce but the wife goes to live with her mother. Their teenage daughter decides to stay with her father and he employs woman to look after his father when there is no one else at home.

From there on a series of seemingly insignificant events have major consequences. Giving any more details of the plot might spoil your enjoyment of the movie.

However if you have ever had a sick relative, been angry at your spouse/partner, been unhappy with work someone has done for you or told a lie for what you thought was a good reason I think this movie will affect you greatly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing film 3 Jan 2013
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A superbly made film, made in an almost documentary style. There is no background music. The acting is faultless by the entire cast, and being an Iranian speaker, I appreciate the nuances of the acting which reading subtitles does not give. It's often difficult to believe they were acting. My only little gripe was the casting of the directors daughter as an eleven year old. She is a superb actress but she looked as if she is sixteen or seventeen. I highly recommend the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good film 23 May 2012
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Although it is a sad story, it is very well made and a very good film. I would recommend it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insight into Iran 18 April 2012
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As an Iranian born in the UK I found this film thoroughly interesting. Although I have visited before this film dissects the modern culture and how it has reacted to the recent troubles. The characters are diverse and as the plot thickens you may find yourself switching opinions rapidly. But in the end it portrays a compassionate yet troubled insight into the Iran that they are faced with now.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great movie with good quality 8 April 2012
By Ali
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Positive:
It is a great movie, definitely worth watching. (one of the best Iranian movies I've seen so far)
The qualities of video and audio are quite good.

Negative:
This DVD comes with only English subtitle (if there are more, i couldn't find them in the menu), and as a Farsi speaker I can say that the subtitles are heavily simplified.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected pleasure
I hesitated buying this film because the film trailers on-line suggest a film about the oppression of a Western woman in a marriage in Iran. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Peter Cavendish
5.0 out of 5 stars The dilemma of Iranian culture
A realistic portrayal of life in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Very moving, brought tears to my eyes. Very good acting and directing.
Published 3 months ago by susan aramfar
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and very moving film, superbly acted
This is a fine example of a contemporary Iranian film so well directed and acted. Moving and very enjoyable, A1
Published 3 months ago by P D Jarman
4.0 out of 5 stars Three cheers for Iranian cinema!
This film starts very slowly. For the first thirty minutes, I wondered why I was even watching it. It seemed a thinly disguised documentary about a man, Nader, with a senile... Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. J. Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film.
Moral dilemma: trade-offs between right and wrong are sometimes very difficult. Highly recommended to discerning viewers who also may enjoy good quality foreign films.
Published 6 months ago by Carolina Valiente
5.0 out of 5 stars A Separation
An excellent thoughtful film which points out that no matter where people come from they have emotional difficulties just like the rest of us. Thank you
Published 6 months ago by Miss E P OConnor
5.0 out of 5 stars My opinion about the DVD "A Separation"
The DVD was in very good conditions. It has subtitles which helped me in its understanding. It fulfilled my expectations. I would vividly recommend it to a friend.
Published 12 months ago by AMADEU FILIPE MARTINS COSTA
5.0 out of 5 stars A Separation DVD
Brilliant film which gradually unfolds a complex plot, showing how inter-relationships affect a range of people, whether they like it or not
Published 12 months ago by Gillian Goldenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece.
This is a naturalistic human drama few can't be riveted by. On a first viewing it was impossible to anticipate where this initially simple tale about a couple's separation would... Read more
Published 12 months ago by mart
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
A touching story of every day life and problems. Wonderfully acted and filmed, touching characters. As far from a hollywood cliche as you can get.
Published 12 months ago by Sarah
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