A Separation (2011)


A Separation – Asghar Farhadi

Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (original title)

Summary:  Simin (Leila Hatami) wants to build another life abroad with her family, but her husband Nader (Perman Moaadi) refuses.  Whereas Simin believes a different country will provide their daughter with better opportunities, Nadar insists on staying in Tehran to take care of his father who suffers with Alzheimers.  A judge denies Simin a divorce she desperately seeks from Nader, so she decides to leave and move back in with her parents.  Her absence leads to Nader hiring a woman to care for her father whilst he goes to work, but this only results in further trouble that force and pull the family further apart.

My Review:  Another terrific window into real life Tehran.  The twists of the plot and layers of tension not only tells a story but also throws up deeper moral dilemmas the country is embedded with.  The moral questions this film brings together is fascinating in its complexity as it doesn’t let you side with just one argument, because of this the talent lies within both the acting and the screenwriting making it a joy to watch in this sense, yet difficult in another as you’re compelled to sympathise with the struggles a number of characters face.  Characters of which who become connected in a web of events they find near impossible to unstick themselves from, being very reminiscent of early Alejandro González Ińarritu but perhaps with less grit. Iranian cinema continues to impress me (Persepolis and The Hunter), A Separation is definitely a contender.

My Rating: 4/5

Know of any gripping Iranian films I’ve not yet reviewed?  Comment below your recommendations!

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