« A Separation »

If you have not seen yet the movie « A Separation », I highly recommend it. It is by far the best movie of the year in my opinion, and its Oscar is well-deserved.

is a 2011 Iranian drama film written and directed by Asghar Farhadi. It won this year the 84th Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, becoming the first Iranian film to win the award.

The movie revolves around a couple -Nader and Simin- who have been married for 14 years and live with their 11-year-old daughter in Tehran. The woman wants to leave the country with her husband and daughter, as she does not want their daughter to grow up under the oppressive political situtation. However, the husband does not have the same vision, since he would like to remain in Iran to take care of his elderly father, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. When Nader decides to stay in Iran, Simin files for divorce.

Here is a review by Lee Marshall that appeared in the Screen Daily that I found particularly interesting:

“Showing a control of investigative pacing that recalls classic Hitchcock and a feel for ethical nuance that is all his own, Farhadi has hit upon a story that is not only about men and women, children and parents, justice and religion in today’s Iran, but that raises complex and globally relevant questions of responsibility, of the subjectivity and contingency of ‘telling the truth’, and of how thin the line can be between inflexibility and pride – especially of the male variety – and selfishness and tyranny.”

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