A Separation

September 18, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Posted in 2012 | 1 Comment
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I have come to this film a little late, renting it on DVD because I missed it when it was in theaters in January.  I was interested because it won an Oscar for best foreign film this year and I have to say that I am thrilled that I caught it.  It is filmed entirely in Tehran and we are treated to a fascinating look into modern Iranian culture.  The film tells the story of a husband and wife separating and the effects this has on everyone.  While it appears to me to be a morality tale on the dangers of divorce, the story unfolds in such a believable way and with such sincerity that it is hard to hold that against them.  The film is full of beautiful, sensitive performances from all the actors (the husband, wife, their daughter, his father, the housekeeper and her husband) and tells a story of small, incremental errors of judgement, followed by little lies and then bigger ones that lead to sorrow and regret.  This is not an American melodrama and every step on this path is completely believable; I sympathized with every poor choice and every lie to cover it up.  This makes the final moments that much more heart-wrenching, when you get a full sense that everyone has paid an emotional price, that none of them can see themselves as wholly innocent or good again.

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  1. […] go to favorite of mine. I was very taken by his masterful “A Separation” (my review is here). Fortunately, so were enough other Americans that his earlier films are slowly being released in […]


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