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Why can't Hollywood Get it Right and Follow the Example of "A Separation"?!!,
This is a masterful, unblinking, documentary-like description of the incredibly delicate relationships that exist between the members of any family. It should appeal to any adult who has ever a) been married; b) been a parent; c) cared for an elderly person; d) had a serious difference of opinion with a mate; e) tried to be a good person and do the right thing but was thwarted by circumstances and dilemmas; and f) tried to keep the peace at home by telling a white lie that eventually had unintended consequences.
In other words, the very mature subject matter and plot should be of interest to just about any adult anywhere in the world.
I wonder why Hollywood is incapable of making similar films. The cost is minimal, but Hollywood would have to imagine a good story, write a realistic and intelligent screenplay and refrain from explosions.
["The Kids Are All Right" did an excellent job addressing the drama of family dynamics, but it seemed unable to move the focus away from sex and lesbianism. "The Kids..." addressed only one tenth the number of adult issues that "A Separation" does. I wonder if Hollywood is still capable of complex adult family drama.]
The subtitles were not distracting at all.
The sympathetic depiction of Alzheimer's and its effects on all family members is very real, but not at all "in your face".
When living in Cairo for five years our family resided in three separate apartment buildings similar to those in this film. From time to time we'd hear a domestic dispute underway somewhere in the building, and, because the raised voices were in Arabic, we could only imagine what the dispute was about. This film showed me that what was going on in those Cairo apartments was similar to what happens in just about any American home at some point in time.
Strangely, after the movie ended, the entire audience remained sitting watching the lengthy credits which were in untranslated Farsi. Clearly the audience was stunned by the intensity of the story. You will be stunned as well.
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Initial post: Jul 26, 2012 11:53:50 AM PDT
i totally agree with you buddy . the issues are universal and this movie tackles the issue with such beauty that my whole family loves the movie
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