The past Oscars, there was plenty of buzz surrounding the Iranian film, A Separation. It won best foreign film of the year and it was a well deserved Oscar.
After many months of anticipation, I finally found the film available on DVD. Without a doubt, Asghar Farhadi the author and the director of the film, A Separation wrote a crafty thriller piece. Farhadi brought the Iranian culture and religion combined with the problems of today’s society. Yet, religion and culture is not the main point of this film, but the problems that starts when Simin wishes to divorce her husband, Nader because she wants to move abroad. She cannot get a divorce because it must a mutual consent and their daughter must have her father’s permission to leave the country. Nader doesn’t want to leave Tehran because he cares for his father whom is suffering of Alzheimer’s disease in an advance stage. After Simin leaves home and moves to her parents house, Nader hires a very religious woman called Razieh. The story takes a sudden dark turn when Razieh accuses Nader of causing her miscarriage after an argument which if he is found guilty, he could spend three years in jail for murder.
A Separation shows real human drama and the complications of a modern society. The film brings several types of characters without falling in to a cliché or predictable characters or a repeated storyline. The Iranian film is not a disappointment and certainly it was worth reading every subtitle that appeared on my screen. The film earns a 9.5/10. The film may be viewed by children of the ages 13 and up because it does not have any sex, nudity or violent with bloody scenes.
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