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March 11, 2012
Although the film might serve as a portrait of Iran's two conflicting social groups as reflected in the Green movement/Ahmadinejad clashes, it is much more about moral contradictions that any society has to face. A masterpiece.
March 9, 2012
It's the little moments in Farhadi's film that are its most important, speaking every bit as loudly as its big, narrative-driving moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 7, 2012
Dynamically shot and paced like a thriller, the film has the density and moral prickliness of a good novel.
March 7, 2012
If any one film can re-inject life into an entire national cinema, it's A Separation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 7, 2012
You may also find that some aspects of this very foreign story seem disturbingly not all that foreign.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
March 6, 2012
Nothing earth-shattering happens in A Separation, but the straightforwardness of this view of a disintegrating marriage, set in the context of complicated cultural and religious morés, is dramatic by itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
March 5, 2012
An outsider could see these characters as misguided. That's not the reality however. Farhadi slips us into their shoes and we appreciate each of their perspectives.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 4, 2012
Asghar Farhadi has written a superb screenplay and directs it with equal brilliance. He has managed to make a film that says something about the state of affairs in his Iran and weaves that message into an engrossing tapestry of mystery and drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
March 4, 2012
The complex realities of human emotions and experience are more than sufficient to carry a film, and Farhadi doesn't let fussy direction or attempts to be overly clever get in the way of letting this brilliant, quietly insightful story unfold.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
March 2, 2012
A clarion cry that cuts through the xenophobic clutter and the dense fog of war to show that not everyone "over there" is a boogeyman waiting to jump out of the closet. If that sounds terribly simplistic, just consider where we live.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 2, 2012
A Separation is more than a character study; it's a deftly plotted drama that unfolds layer after layer and will leave you asking all kinds of questions about your beliefs and moral judgments. Fascinating stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 2, 2012
The story has no winners, and the daringly ambiguous ending defies simple conclusions. Even the title can be taken multiple ways.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 2, 2012
The movie opens the door on a foreign culture, yet the people do not seem that dissimilar. .... They deal with some of the same struggles ... -- generational and class conflicts, ideological differences, and connecting and communicating emotionally.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 2, 2012
A devastating portrait of two families in crisis, with their class differences representing the title's true 'separation.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 1, 2012
"A Separation" deals with some very murky issues, but it does so with astonishing clarity.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
February 29, 2012
The movie is a singular mix of the foreign and the familiar, but is it the best 2011 film in the whole wide world? A 99? I can't say that I concur with my colleagues on that score.
February 27, 2012
A Separation explores how presumed social norms are extremely tenuous and how threats to these almost illusory ideas can threaten our sense of personal security.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 26, 2012
Farhadi does not talk down to his viewer, and he trusts his audience to make their own decisions.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
February 25, 2012
The performances and direction match the sharply observed screenplay, which is layered and nuanced, never settling for the pat answer. Indeed, it avoids answers as much as it can, giving audiences a far more interactive experience than most films
February 25, 2012
Thought provoking and powerful drama. One action becomes the trigger for the unravelling that filmmaker Asghar Farhadi explores: secrets, lies and truths are exposed
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