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A Separation Reviews

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December 23, 2016
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At first it was kind of a dull movie with a bit of a slow pace, but it turned out to be much more than that. Lots of emotion shown here, all the actors in this gave a top notch performance. The ending was even satisfying as it left you purposefully wondering what the result of what side the daughter chose(my money is on the father). Good movie.
Super Reviewer
October 18, 2016
Iran's cinema it's terrific, so I must see this too.
½ October 3, 2016
For the first half hour, this is such a still movie it's almost stagnant. However, once the housekeeper shows up and the "plot" starts, you realize how important those early moments are to show how divorce affects all lives, especially ones so steeped in cultural and religious rules. A separation is a sobering and heartbreaking gut-punch of a drama that beautifully captures how every story has multiple sides.
July 30, 2016
Not entertaining at all. Couldn't finish it.
June 29, 2016
A solid exploration of the most-inevitable separations between all of us. Solid, whether or not one decides to ignore just how many extra hoops Iranian filmmakers have to jump through.
Super Reviewer
½ June 24, 2016
A compelling drama full of nuances and with many unexpected twists in a story in which all of the characters have solid reasons for their actions, which makes it nearly impossible to judge them for what they do - and it should certainly grow on you after more viewings.
June 11, 2016
Brilliant Persian movie
½ April 22, 2016
So simple a premise envelopes such a complex plot. The fact that it is already overwhelming to see the usually under-the-wraps domestic life of Iran and to couple it with near perfect screenplay, performances and mounting suspense is more than what you can ask for and nothing you would have expected. Doing the right thing, setting an example, moral ambiguity, people's reaction to different circumstances were so beautifully fit into this complex puzzle.

Payman Maadi (Nader) and Leila Hatami (Simin) are a couple going through a divorce after 14 years of marriage. While the reasons could be complicated and ambiguous, it is taking a toll on their teenage daughter Termeh (Sarina Farhadi) and Nader's father who is suffering from Alzheimer's and requires constant care and attention. When he employs Razieh (Sareh Bayat) for household work, an incident triggers aggression from Nader who unconsciously acts rude to Razieh. Nader's life crumbles into further shambles when Razieh's family accuses and lodges a case on him for murder as she has suffered a miscarriage. When Razieh's husband Hojjat (Shahab Hosseini), an unemployed, depressed and debt ridden man takes matters to his hand, things turn ugly.

The beauty of it is the realistic approach taken in every frame resisting the temptations of being sensational. The screenplay was so exhilarating pushing the boundaries of such a simple premise into heart-pounding suspense. The ideology, the general mindset and day-to-day life in Iran was quite informative and fulfills your food for curiosity. Coming to performances, it is near perfect with none tampering into each other's space and doing the best in their zone. A special mention should go to the sweet little girl who plays Razieh's daughter as she conveys a lot through her big expressive eyes and hardly uttering a word. While the divorce story as advertised plays a poignant role, it mostly takes a backseat during the tense drama.

Some scenes that were informative or packs an impact
> When Razieh calls a religious helpline to check if she could change a helpless old man's pants
> Razieh's daughter's eyes conveying and covering the facade of ugly spats
> When Teremeh confronts Nader if he lied
> Climax tussle between Razieh and Hojjat
> Nader's unflinching love and support for his father

So simple a premise envelopes such a complex plot
April 16, 2016
A glimpse of the Iranian(Persian) humanity told through a very good story about a couple getting into a divorce fight. The leading Iranian actress was unexpectedly beautiful. There was an unanswered question - why did the wife so desperately want to leave the country ?
½ April 14, 2016
What a film! Hands down
January 28, 2016
True to form for Iranian cinema, full of drama, yet possessing sort of a transparent and pure honesty in its cinematography that made it a warm and compelling story telling. It was void of any pretentiousness, and every one of the characters played a key role. Love Iranian cinema!
½ December 15, 2015
It's pretty supernatural how well this depicts the pain of being silent and caught between moral conflicts where no side is justified. Meltdown-inducing. Also the best use of end credits in memory.
November 28, 2015
A brilliant film ! So well acted.
½ November 28, 2015
A design of perfect ambivalence. Farhadi takes no sides but simply presents the story to the audience to decide on their own on whom the guilt lies. Farhadi excellently captures the complexity of such conflicts in regards to laws, moralilty, accountability, and obligation as well as the domino effect each action has. Throughout all this, it remains relentlessly gripping and emotionally engaging.
½ November 6, 2015
Watched this on 7/11/15
Extremely well acted, morally intense, well written and moreover, set on a simple and realistic story, A Separation is constantly engaging and also depicted with much depth and realism. Till the very end it builds suspense without actually letting the audience feel that it is doing the same. Still I do feel that the closing scene is a cliche, but one that the Academy, the critics and other awards and films festivals mostly appreciate.
November 4, 2015
A triumph. This film is perfectly acted, to the point where it could be real. Intimate, moving logical and sensitive, you cannot but immerse yourself in this fascinating examination of relationships. Le passà (C) (was brilliant but this is perfect
October 25, 2015
A decent human drama, but I did not find it hugely engaging or emotional. It's basically Nader (Moaadi) trying to keep his family together as he cares for his senile father, but his wife, Simin (Hatami) wants to abandon him & her daughter for some reason. The real female lead is the poor maid, Razieh (Bayat), who - like Nader - is just trying to make ends meet, but when an altercation ends badly, it turns into a story of poor courtroom 'he said/she said' drama, with truths slowly being revealed over the next two hours. A well made story of how we're all human and make mistakes, but could have been a lot better paced/edited.
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