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A Separation 2011

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.

Starring:
Peyman Moaadi, Leila Hatami
Runtime:
2 hours, 3 minutes

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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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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 father, and whose wife, Simin, is leaving him. Their eleven year-old daughter, Termeh, is emotionally torn between her parents. Ordinary enough, and nothing specifically Iranian about it.

That all changes when Nader hires a carer for his father. A deeply religious, pregnant young woman called Razieh. Unfortunately, one day, she leaves the house and ties the elderly man to the bed, to stop him wandering off. When Nader returns, Razieh is nowhere to be found and the old guy is close to death. Nader revives him, and when Razieh returns he berates her and fires her. She becomes so upset, he has to forcibly eject her from his flat. She then miscarries.

What follows is a series of trips to a judge to determine the true course of events and who did what, when, to whom. No one is truly honest, although things improve in this respect as the movie goes on, and in this sense, the characters develop.

By the end, it is the women who emerge with the credit. The men - Nader and Razieh's husband, Hodjat - look dysfunctional and incapable of progress. I won't say any more, because that would involve spoilers.

The acting is superb. For some strange reason, I really like the Iranians, though obviously not the clerics, the revolutionary guards, or any of that dismal crowd. Iranian cinema is a credit to the nation, and shows the world that this country is far from the evil beast portrayed in TV series such as Homeland. In this rich, multilayered film, you really appreciate that.
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Iranian cinema in the last twenty years has produced some excellent films, particularly Kiarostami's films of the 90s. A Separation is another great example of contemporary Iranian cinema; however, it's so good that I find myself recommending it to people who I know don't have a strong interest in world cinema.

In Asghar Farhadi's fifth feature we are drawn into the problems of a couple going through a separation and how this affects the man's relationship with his father suffering from alzheimer's and the couple's relationship with their daughter, caught in the middle. On the face of it A Separation is a mystery story, but what unfolds is a drama of moral and ethical complexity and great emotional turmoil.

With some superb performances (check out the daughter in the penultimate scene), and twists you don't see coming, A Separation will stay with you for days after seeing it and deserves every award bestowed upon it.

Brilliant filmmaking.
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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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The basis of the film centers around a conflict between two men & two families, middle class v poor, modern v tradition. The strength of the film is the way it constantly shifts your opinion of the characters and what really took place, you may go from liking a character to firmly disliking them and then back to being unsure, in this way the characters are complex, rich and flawed, they feel real and authentic unlike most characters in cinema. Both the men may be enemies but they share plenty in common too, they both have a nasty side to them, each with long suffering wives & an innocent daughter. The story also features a helpless old man with alzheimer's disease who is genuinely pitiable.

The Blu ray comes with 1080p resolution, picture aspect ratio 1.85:1 full screen and DTS-HD Master Audio 3.0.
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