A Separation Reviews

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June 19, 2013
You cannot watch the film without feeling kinship with the characters and admitting their decency as well as their mistakes.
March 7, 2012
Dynamically shot and paced like a thriller, the film has the density and moral prickliness of a good novel.
February 23, 2012
These people seem so real they might live next door. And they probably do.
February 17, 2012
"A Separation" is a plaintive fable of the human condition that unites us.
February 10, 2012
Very few movies capture as convincingly as A Separation does the ways in which seemingly honorable decisions can lead to interpersonal conflict -- even disaster.
February 9, 2012
To say the piercing Iranian film A Separation is about divorce is a bit like saying The Wizard of Oz is about a pair of slippers.
February 2, 2012
Partly a courtroom drama, partly a political satire and partly a twisty thriller that gradually draws you in and becomes more engrossing with each new revelation.
February 2, 2012
"A Separation" is a great movie, a look inside a world so foreign that it might as well be another planet, yet so universal that its observations are painfully familiar to anyone, anywhere.
January 27, 2012
Sometimes, in an attempt to do the best we can for the people we love, we end up wreaking irreparable damage.
January 27, 2012
Asghar Farhadi's emotionally epic movie is not just a masterpiece dramatically, it is a movie dramatically of its moment.
January 26, 2012
It's small. It's real. And it's deeply moving.
January 26, 2012
This is a trenchant emotional thriller that you watch in dread, awe, and amazing aggravation.
January 26, 2012
Some films wear their artistry so lightly they appear simply to be happening, the inner workings of the story guided by an unseen hand.
January 26, 2012
The film involves its audience in an unusually direct way, because although we can see the logic of everyone's position, our emotions often disagree.
January 26, 2012
This is primarily a human story about a marriage unraveling, the husband torn between love for his daughter and devotion to his father, the daughter torn between one parent and the other.
January 24, 2012
It's an indictment of a culture in which religion and tradition poison a legal system. It is an exploration of the power of a lie. It is a mystery and a courtroom drama. Above all, however, it is a tale of love and sacrifice.
January 20, 2012
Farhadi is less concerned with the bugs and variations in human perception than cracks in the average moral compass, little fault lines that prompt good people to make bad decisions.
January 20, 2012
In the guise of a whodunit, Farhadi paints a nuanced portrait of Iranian society that, seen through our Western eyes, looks at once utterly alien and strikingly familiar.
January 19, 2012
Rashomon-like in its perceptual complexities, truth vs. belief, Asghar Farhadi's drama forces us to constantly shift our assessments and allegiances.
January 13, 2012
Crafts a minefield out of the mundane and may very well be a masterpiece for it.
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