This is truly fine film- strong writing, direction, cinematography and certainly the performances. This is true realism on the screen; as realistic as film can be expected to be. From the social rules of Iran to the seemingly harmless act of bringing along the unwed character in hopes of sparking new romance, Farhadi and the actors breathe life into the story and the setting does so much to set the mood. A lovely and seemingly delightful spot for a vacation that also has the allure of the beautiful but very dangerous sea. Those criticizing the film again and again complain about the pacing and length of the film, as if life itself is just one action after another with no long, quite moments, lengthy conversations or arguments, or games played out between children or adults. To think such a storyline and the ideas of the writer/director about the inherent dangers of lies, deception, or half-truths could be played out competently and convincingly in a neat, tidy little 90 minute bow. For those, stick to the most generic, meatheaded, predictable 80-90 min. schlock 'thriller's/action films/comedies out there so you don't hurt your little brains or so your short attention spans don't get stretched out to far and snap back to hit you in your figurative face.