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10 out of 19 people found the following review useful:

A movie about justice, family and The conscience

9/10
Author: Hamid Eghbalzadeh from Iran
22 January 2012

I saw "A Separation" after it won the Golden Globe. This movie, is a very good tragedy and can makes you cry. But it's not a depressing movie, but talks about justice, family, relations and The conscience. By watching this movie, you can take a look at Iran's society, that almost never see. Given the harsh conditions prevailing in, it seems Mr. Farhadi has been able to release this movie in Iran with a smart view. "A Separation" shows life of people who have problems and personal situations in Iran much like people all around the world. I strongly recommending to everyone watching this movie and I think watching "A Separation" change our views in life.

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10 out of 19 people found the following review useful:

Puzzle

10/10
Author: (otto_schitburger@yahoo.com) from Düssledork
15 January 2012

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Beauty of nature. Force of traditions. Sad love story. A myth. Lost time. Wisdom, fool, expectation, nuances of cruelty. And the verdict - cold and harsh.An Abuladze movie in which poetry and testimony are parts of same chain. A parable, fairy tale or lesson about roots of present. A sick horse, a boy and a field of poppies. A village and Pupala. Freedom as silk and gold embroidery. A world. From Caucasus, Central Asia or Balkans. And an empty circle. So, it is not exactly a film. But object for meditate. For joy. For define secret dreams, desires and escapes. A skull from Hamlet, a game of a jester, confession of a strange lady, fruits of a tree, look of a young girl. And bread for far time. In case you get lost.

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10 out of 19 people found the following review useful:

Emotionally draining

8/10
Author: billcr12 from United States
31 December 2011

A Separation is a simple story told in a complex manner. An Iranian couple seek a divorce in the opening scene with the mother, Simin, explaining to an unseen judge that she wants her 10 year old daughter, Termeh to have a better life by leaving the country. Her husband, Nader wishes to stay in Iran to take care of his elderly father who has advanced Alzheimer's disease and needs constant care. Simin leaves her husband and daughter and goes to live with her parents. A woman desperate for money, Razieh, is hired to watch the old man and soon realizes it is too much for her to handle. There are no light moments, and be prepared to pay close attention to detail for it to come together in the end. This is emotionally and intellectually draining material in rapid fire Farsi, so speed reading subtitles is required.

The acting is superb all around and this is an exceptionally well made movie by Asghar Farhadi, a very talented director. As an ensemble, this is as good as it gets, with everyone involved being so believable that the film has the look of a documentary. A very memorable drama indeed.

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10 out of 19 people found the following review useful:

A movie that watches you ...

9/10
Author: armin1 from United States
23 December 2011

Throughout the movie, it feels like you are right in the middle of the story, as if you are Nader or any other character. There are no dramatic pauses or delayed reactions and the camera moves with the actors. You are immersed in the story that follows a single pace of misery but done to perfection by Farhadi! I truly enjoyed the movie and it kept me engaged for the whole time. I really want to know what happened in the end as the ending leaves you in suspense.

Unlike most Iranian movies where some scenes are mandatory (so that the film gets a nod from the Ministry of Guidance!!), this movie was pure cinema and didn't try to appeal to anyone in particular. It flows really well and the simplicity of the events (and the script as a whole) makes the movie very believable and close to one's emotion and experience. It also shows that you don't need millions of dollars (which is generally spent on blowing up buildings, shooting a whole bunch of 'bad' guys, and stripping an 18 year old somewhere along the storyline) to make a good movie. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Iranian cinema, this would be a good start ...

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10 out of 19 people found the following review useful:

great flow of story line

10/10
Author: Sina La (sina_lo@yahoo.com) from Toronto
12 December 2011

A separation seems to be the about the ongoing fight of deciding between right and wrong that has been also witness in earlier work of this director in "about Elly" which happens in here again and is about how far can we go on with our lies?

as an Iran-born male, the environment of the movie was no surprise to me but after living for even a little while in a different country like Canada, you notice how different things are in Iran culture beliefs laws and this movie does an outstanding job in showcasing them.

this movies is in fact the completion of the "about Elly" because you can almost feel that the director has became more mature in his style and that basically gives you a much better directing and storyline that makes itself separate.

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10 out of 19 people found the following review useful:

Marriage Problems

10/10
Author: S Ali Rashid from LONDON
16 November 2011

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It is a most watch movie brilliant , make sure you see it with a loved one!

it shows the real face of the Iranian community relating the marriage problems.

I found this to be one of the most gripping and moving films I've seen this year. Superbly directed and wonderfully acted and aided by an excellent script it is surely one the films of the year. A 5 star winner!

quoting the guardians review on the movie: Farhadi shows how this situation is like a pool of petrol into which any event lands like a lighted match. Everyone is aware of their rights and how angry they feel at injustices and slights, and the women are grimly aware of the double responsibility of finding a working solution and persuading their menfolk to accept it.

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11 out of 21 people found the following review useful:

Best Film of the Year (Not just Best Foreign Film)

10/10
Author: strike_de from Iran
5 February 2012

Simply the best film I've ever seen, on a par with "The Lives of Others".

What is astonishing about the film is that it is the first time in 40 years of watching Iranian films that I have witnessed "under-acting". Every character, from the lead male protagonist to the man with Alzheimer's, was so incredibly realistic that I had the impression none of them knew they were being filmed.

The Iranian regime is furious with the film's success simply because the film portrays the real, daily lives of ordinary Iranians struggling to make ends meet while the Fat Cats enjoy their ill-gotten gains abroad.

It deserves "Best Film of the Year" and not just "Best Foreign Film".

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11 out of 21 people found the following review useful:

What's wrong is wrong ... but what's wrong?

8/10
Author: David Ferguson (fergusontx@gmail.com) from Dallas, Texas
4 February 2012

Greetings again from the darkness. This one finally made it to Dallas and it's now clear why it is not only the Oscar favorite for Best Foreign Language Film, but also received a Best Original Screenplay nomination. It's truly that good ... and powerful ... and thought provoking. I caught myself changing my mind more than once on some of the issues these characters faced.

The film opens with Nader and Simin (Peyman Moadi and Leila Hatami) in front of a judge to determine if they will be granted a divorce. Simin wants to take their daughter Termeh (Sarina Farhadi, the director's daughter) to study abroad. Nader doesn't disagree with the plan, only the timing. He refuses to leave his Dad, who suffers from Alzheimer's, alone in Iran. In a poignant moment, Nader points out that while his dad may not know him, he still certainly knows his dad. This is the first of a recurring theme throughout ... there are numerous ways to look at every issue.

When Simin moves in with her mother, Nader hires Razieh (Sareh Bayat) to be his dad's caregiver. After a few days, Nader and Razieh have a heated argument and he pushes her out of the apartment. Next thing he knows, she is in the hospital after a miscarriage. She files a claim saying Nader pushed her down the stairs causing the miscarriage. The core of the story is the actions of the key characters during the inquisition by the judge/inspector. Nothing seems clear cut and each character's recall and statements vary from moment to moment.

A key point is that these are all basically good and moral people. Muslim believers in various stages. None would purposefully sin, yet each is trying to protect something or someone. The script is fascinating in its detail and subtlety. It moves like real life rather than a movie trying to get crammed into a 2 hour window. Written and directed by Asghar Farhad, the film deserves all accolades and acclaim. Let's hope it finds an audience in the U.S. We could certainly use more stories and films like this.

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11 out of 21 people found the following review useful:

A Fantastic Drama

10/10
Author: Aidin Dashti from Iran
15 April 2011

Separation is one of the most rare cases in Iranian Movie Industry created by Farhadi , this new talented director who started from TV and now has the golden bear in his hand for such an artistic film.

The story line is purely concentrated on the realities of the current Iranian society . The people who do not prefer to live in Iran and intends to immigrate to other countries . The concept of Religion mixed with people's lives and their strict beliefs about wright and wrong. It's actually a bitter movie and definitely not among " Happy ending Hollywood Movies " but a must-see Dramma in the last decade of Iranian Movie industry.

Actings are beyond professional level specially Shahab Hosseini who has cooperated with the director in his last movie " About Elly ".

Go on ... See this movie and enjoy the total different atmosphere of Iranian new age of movies.

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14 out of 27 people found the following review useful:

Good screenplay, brilliant acting.

9/10
Author: Goodmanjoon from Shiraz, Iran
8 April 2011

I watched this movie just a few hours ago. It was wonderful, because of Mr Farhadi's useful ability to guide his actors/actresses. The main subject (i.e. divorce) is very common in here in Iran, but screenplay has made it very interesting and dramatic. Mr Kalari (movie's Director of Photography) has an extremely important role (which may be neglected) in this film; His pictures are very real and generally have a fast tempo that corresponds to actors' acting. But one of the few faults of this movie in my view is insignificant role of music , although it (lack of music power) can not be felt easily and director have filled the gap with good dialogues and excellent acting. Mr Farhadi's movies go deep in the heart of Iranian lifestyle and generally are true representatives of this complex society, so if you can watch "Jodayie Nader az Simin", never miss it.

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