(2011)

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100
A Separation is totally foreign and achingly familiar. It's a thrilling domestic drama that offers acute insights into human motivations and behavior as well as a compelling look at what goes on behind a particular curtain that almost never gets raised.
100
Sophisticated and universal yet deeply intimate, A Separation is an exquisitely conceived family drama that has the coiled power of a top-notch thriller.
100
The members of the cast represent ensemble, naturalistic acting at its finest.
100
Farhadi is no mere formalist. His film is a spiritual investigation into the rise of women and the descent of male privilege in Iran, and a look at the toll that has taken. In a movie of flawless acting, it is Moadi - terse, proud, angry, haunted - who shows us that rare thing: a soul in transition.
100
Moaadi is the standout here, subtly evoking filial worry and fatherly pride in one scene, popping off with rage in another: He's believably decent, believably flawed. A Separation touches on religious strictures and the role of women in Iran, but it does so with a light hand and not a twitch of condemnation.
100
A film that captures the drama and suspense of real life as urgently as any picture released this year.
100
The actors, as sometimes happens, create those miracles that can endow a film with conviction. Moadi and Hatami, as husband and wife, succeed in convincing us their characters are acting from genuine motives.
90
As in all the director's work, the cast is given top consideration and their realistic acting results in unusual depth of characterization.
88
A Separation is a landmark film. No way will you be able to get it out of your head.
88
It's small. It's real. And it's deeply moving.
85
A Separation doesn't try to make easy sense of that world, or of this family's suffering. It's simply a quiet cry of anguish.
80
Together and apart, Hatami and Maadi are magnetic. Hatami, a star in Iranian cinema, lets us see Simin's intelligence and defiant sense of self-worth often with nothing more than a gesture.

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