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June 26, 2017
Storytelling is as good as it gets.
½ June 17, 2017

A Separation condenses the modern understanding of drama with its talented exhibition of directing, writing and camerawork, all to tell in the most compelling way possible a pretty much classical tale of ambiguity and morality that never ceases to captivate.
May 17, 2017
This movie from Iran is worth watching because it gives an insight to the daily lives and customs of a culture that we don't get exposure to very often. The story captivates and keeps you hooked, despite being in a very foreign setting for most audiences.
May 14, 2017
This film is a masterpiece with simple yet authentic and thoughtful story.
Thanks to Asghar Farhadi, a legendary filmmaker.
April 21, 2017
A masterpiece. Among the best ever. You
March 11, 2017
Asghar Farhadi masterfully crafts a powerfully involving drama, filled with terrific performances and though-provoking themes that will keep the audiences from taking sides or give easy answers.
February 24, 2017
I am so looking forward to THE SALESMAN by this genius
½ February 16, 2017
"A Separation" patut menjadi sebuah contoh untuk film-film Asia. Film ini memberi penekanan pada budaya religius mereka dengan cukup baik, dan dapat diterima oleh setiap pihak untuk kisahnya.
½ February 7, 2017
Everyone around the world deals with the same issues.
January 21, 2017
An Iranian couple agree to move to North America to improve the future prospects for their teenage daughter. They have a visa and it expires soon. But his father suffers from Alzheimer's, and he refuses to leave Iran while his father needs care. She files for divorce and moves in with her mother. He hires a woman to come in while he works and look after his father. This rather simple set up begins a series of clashes and moral quandaries that add up to one of the best films of the last decade. Every character in this story does what they think they have to do, and nothing is done out of malice, but things get increasingly fouled up. It's quite possibly to most humanistic and empathetic film I have ever seen. It appears rather effortless, but it's a masterfully constructed, utterly compelling and convincing film.
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
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