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on 27 February 2016
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 cinematography favours a subdued look, with lots of greys, pale greens, light purples and whites.

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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on 21 January 2015
This is a very interesting movie. We get a glimse into a world very different from our own. In this world religion, the role and position of women in society, care for elderly people, honour and justice system is very different from what we have around us. But human feelings are still the same.
Anger, shame, compassion, sorrow, duty, obligations to family, helplessness are some of the feelings we know and can identify ourselves to.
The only pity is that the English subtitles isn't very good. People in Iran speek very fast. It's not easy to get a complete translation in subtitles. But in my copy too much is missing. I feel I'm losing a lot of the content in the movie, and it's not always easy to understand what is going on here.
This should be improved!
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on 12 March 2012
Iranian screenwriter and director Asghar Farhadi`s fifth feature film which he also wrote and produced, was shot in Tehran, Iran and is an Iranian production which was produced without any government support. It tells the story about middle-class couple Nader and Simin who lives in an urban apartment with their 11-year-old daughter Termeh who is in school. They have been married for fourteen years, but Simin wants to move away from the country because she things that her daughter needs to grow up in a better place, but her husband does not want to move and has to take care of his aging father who suffers from Alzheimer`s disease. Simin files for divorce, but when her request is rejected by a family court she leaves her family and moves in with her parents while Nader tries to find a house worker who can look after his father.

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.
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on 20 April 2014
A well written well acted film with a surprisingly universal core story and also showing up the difficulties in a less than liberal society when relationship difficulties arise It held the attention throughout and the sub titles were easy to read One felt really involved in the dilemmas of this family It navigated the political and religious intricacies of the Iranian legal system but had a very human touch which was really interesting to observe and showed how misunderstandings could lead to a much more serious situation in a less liberal society than our own A really absorbing film Recommended
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on 10 April 2017
This is a good story and easy to understand how life can just get out of control thorough no fault of your own. It is a honest look at a relationship where people want different things. Honour and family responsibility are fundamental and cleverly explored in this superb narrative. It is also a quick look at bureaucracy on Iran. A few hours well spent watching this.
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on 3 February 2014
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. Without giving away the plot and the surprises, the film is not what I expected and as it unfolds, what the viewer first sees is not perhaps what really happened. It is about the difficulties of family relationships and develops into a type of whodunit later on.

A first class movie from a talented director.
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on 11 May 2015
The movie is a masterpiece, it needs to be watched carefully in order to follow little details which leads you to the answers of big questions. Termeh is a girl ,who is in her adolescence, and she always tries to keep the balance between his mother and father in order to make them come together, even so at the end of the movie she sends them out to save time, and she believes they will talk and fix things when they are together. But there is a separation between them in the end which is symbolised by a glass wall. And Termeh's hope will not work.
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on 22 June 2015
This film won the Palme d'Or at Cannes. The story line involves a couple who separate because the husband's father has Alzheimer's disease and requires round-the-clock nursing, so a carer is engaged. The documentary style gives a revealing glimpse into contemporary life in Iran. It's just that the translation is minimal - a whole dialogue passes before a short (and usually irrelvant) phrase in English cuts in. From that point of view, it is poor value.
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on 23 June 2017
Absolutely worth watching. What starts as a little middle-class drama with confronted but mindful characters builds up in front of your eyes as a gorgeous story full of interesting personalities magnificently played by every actor, no matter if senile or too young to have an opinion. The film grabs your attention from beginning to end and unfolds with constant turns of events that seamlessly fit together. Nothing is irrelevant in the action, no one has a weak moment.
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on 5 August 2016
Arrived in good condition
Good plot
Bought as a gift
The film is worth watching, good acting, it deals with some personal issues as well as making sense of the judicial system and cultural differences in a Muslim country
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