A Separation Reviews

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January 16, 2020
For fans of the sort of world cinema that plunges you into the essence of life in another reality, A Separation is an intense, immersive dip into contemporary Iranian life.
December 10, 2019
[T]he X Factor in A Separation lies with its cast, bringing the extraordinary out of the seemingly ordinary.
August 6, 2019
Farhadi discovers simple yet deeply human truths - that the divides that so often separate us can seem so impossibly wide are never quite as far as we imagine.
March 15, 2019
Cleverly, A Separation doesn't conspicuously proselytise about its socio-political import; it is largely concerned with matters of the family that to some degree are universal
March 13, 2019
The grim irony at the heart of Farhadi's film is that the angst and perplexity are the fruit of a "sacred" republic of ideals.
January 8, 2019
The quiet, staggering power of "A Separation" is in the realization that navigating the politics of government or of family are tasks of equal scale and equally treacherous.
January 4, 2019
Just as nuanced, but with a bigger emotional punch, is the rest of this Rashomon-like tale of right and wrong, life and death, actions and consequences, all of which reveal various particulars of life in Tehran.
December 31, 2018
Writer/director Asghar Farhadi delivers a complex and honest portrayal of two families in modern-day Tehran. It is a challenging and heartbreaking film that deserves an audience.
August 29, 2018
The complexity of the characters is wonderful; as a viewer you in one scene enraged at their actions then following a plot twist in the next scene you are wholeheartedly sympathizing with them.
August 7, 2018
A Separation is a deeply empathetic movie. It feels for all of its characters even as they act in self-serving or self-deceiving ways.
May 17, 2018
A Separation is a movie that keeps expanding, like one of those paper pellets that, when you drop it in water, blossoms into a flower.
March 16, 2018
Simply exceptional. [Full review in Spanish]
March 3, 2018
With "A Separation," Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has managed something increasingly difficult and unusual - pleasing audiences both at home and in the West.
November 27, 2017
A Separation is one of the year's most accomplished films, and like so many films we might characterize as "accomplished," it hasn't garnered actual detractors. It merely fosters a coterie of skeptics.
October 4, 2017
A Separation ends on the perfect note, a nearly impossible decision whose weight is left on our shoulders while the credits roll.
September 18, 2017
Brilliantly [Asghar Farhadi] has posited his questions and dilemmas so that they are open-ended, depending entirely upon what the viewer brings to the table in terms of past experience and personal emotional involvement.
September 6, 2017
Its familiar and informal tone has accomplished what few films do: to be a hit among critics and less demanding moviegoers. [Full review in Spanish]
August 30, 2017
A Separation achieves a delicate balance between the foreign and the familiar.
August 11, 2017
Although its surface impartiality helped the film get past officious censors, underneath is a more complex picture.
April 13, 2016
It's ferociously wise, gripping, unsettling and acted with unerring conviction.
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