- Note: Blu-ray discs are in a high definition format and need to be played on a Blu-ray player.
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Special offers and product promotions
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
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.
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
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Read reviews that mention
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Nader is unable to care for his father while he works, he hires Razieh (Sareh Bayat), to look after him. Due to her religious beliefs, Razieh is not allowed to work in a single man's household. But her husband Hojjat (Shahab Hosseini) has been unemployed for a long time and is threatened with jail by his creditors, so she has no choice but to work. Razieh has a young daughter and is also pregnant, and the lengthy early commute to work proves a physically stressful burden. When Nader comes home early one day to find his father left alone, tied to his bed and locked in his room, the resulting argument with Razieh sets off a chain of events with catastrophic consequences for everyone concerned. Everyones integrity and honesty are called into question, it seems everyone is on trial.
Director Farhadi creates as realistic a story a possible, an emotional, involving drama with no sentimentally. The direction is effortless and unflinching, the faultless acting keeps you emotionally connected to every scene. Each character has a naturalistic complexity rarely seen in film, the good and bad in these people become blurred because you cannot help but be compassionate towards all of them. You understand exactly why these people act in the way they do, you can see the mistakes they all make. You become so deeply involved yourself, repeatedly asking yourself 'where did it all go wrong?' and 'how would i have reacted?'.
You are confronted with issues of religion and modernity, marriage, gender, Iranian law, culture and class. As the story unravels, the second half of the film is carefully structured so that we re-confront events which we'd already seen, or thought we'd seen. We're obliged re-evaluate what we think we saw, making us aware that we too may have mentally erased or distorted some vital details through our own hypocrisies, just like the people in this story.
Once the final twist is exposed to you, issues of judgement, of right and wrong, seem ridiculous. Termeh becomes central to the story and becomes the moral beacon, Sarina Farhadi gives an incredible performance of real subtlety and depth. The final scene still lingers in my mind, where Termeh has to make a decision that she knows she has to live with for the rest of her life.
Asghar Farhadi`s acutely and engagingly directed independent film draws an invariably moving portrayal of a modern day Iranian married couple`s complicated separation and their adolescent daughter who his caught in the middle trying her utmost to prevent them from separating. With naturalistic urban milieu depictions and an intensifying stringent narrative structure, this well-paced, character-driven and dialog-driven story forms an intricate, involving and concentrated character drama about marriage, family relations, interpersonal relations, morality, social class differences and the human condition, which is reinforced by the empathic and compassionate acting performances by Iranian actresses Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat and Sarina Farhadi (the director`s daughter) and Iranian actors Peyman Moadi and Shahab Hosseini.
A detailed and multifaceted mystery which gained, among numerous other awards, the Golden Bear, the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, the Reader Jury of the "Berliner Morgenpost", the Silver Berlin Bear for Best Actor Peyman Moadi and Shahab Hosseini and Best Actress Leila Hatami and Sareh Bayat at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival in 2011, the César Award for Best Foreign Film at the 37th César Awards in 2012, the British Independent Film Award for Best Foreign Independent Film at the 14th British Independent Film Awards in 2012 and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year at the 84th Academy Awards in 2012 which marked it as the first Iranian film to receive an Academy Award in this category and Asghar Farhadi the first Iranian director to receive an Academy Award in any category.