2011 | Drama | 123 minutes | Persian with English subtitles
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 99%
- Metacritic Score: 95
Academy Awards: Winner, Best Foreign Language Film
Berlin International Film Festival: Winner, Golden Bear for Best Picture; Best Actor (Peyman Moaadi)
Golden Globe Awards: Winner, Best Foreign Language Film
National Board of Review: Winner, Best Foreign Language Film
National Society of Film Critics: Winner, Best Foreign Language Film; Best Screenplay (Asghar Farhadi)
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The Iranian film A SEPARATION, written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, seems to me the best film of 2011. A SEPARATION is what cinema was invented for. The shooting of the film is simple and concise and the director does nothing to distract us from the people and their problems. You would have to say it is a realist film, yet the complexity in its relationships makes the post-war classics of Italian Neo-realism seem quaint and superficial.
A SEPARATION is a rigorously honest movie about the difficulties of being honest, a film that tries to be truthful about the slipperiness of truth. It also sketches a portrait—perhaps an unnervingly picture for American audiences—of a society divided by sex, generation, religion and class.
Just when it seemed impossible for Iranian filmmakers to express themselves meaningfully outside the bounds of censorship, Asghar Farhadi’s A SEPARATION comes along to prove the contrary. Apparently simple on a narrative level yet morally, psychologically and socially complex, it succeeds in bringing Iranian society into focus like few other films have done.
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