A Separation (2011)
Critic Consensus: Morally complex, suspenseful, and consistently involving, A Separation captures the messiness of a dissolving relationship with keen insight and searing intensity.
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You cannot watch the film without feeling kinship with the characters and admitting their decency as well as their mistakes.
Dynamically shot and paced like a thriller, the film has the density and moral prickliness of a good novel.
These people seem so real they might live next door. And they probably do.
"A Separation" is a plaintive fable of the human condition that unites us.
Very few movies capture as convincingly as A Separation does the ways in which seemingly honorable decisions can lead to interpersonal conflict -- even disaster.
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Iran's cinema it's terrific, so I must see this too.
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.
Writer-Director Farhadi has stated that this movie is about the process of judgement, and he succeeds. From the very first scene, we understand the stalemate between a husband and a wife seeking divorce in front of a representative of the state. They had plans to leave Iran, and just as the bureaucratic process grants them able, the husband's father has become so chronically ill that his son refuses to leave him. The wife wants her 11 year old to grow up in a better environment, and the visa granting her ability to leave will end in 40 days. It's hard to find fault in either one's wishes, really quite the opposite. The complications of the husband now being a single father and taking responsibility for his own father result in one tragic situation after another. "A Separation" continues with razor-sharp writing, both in plot development and in dialogue, as each character navigates the people and forces in their lives in a very arduous situation.
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