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A Separation [Blu-ray]
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Set in contemporary Iran, A SEPARATION is a compelling drama about the dissolution of a marriage. Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. Simin sues for divorce when Nader refuses to leave behind his Alzheimer's-suffering father. Her request having failed, Simin returns to her parents' home, but Termeh decides to stay with Nader. When Nader hires a young woman to assist with his father in his wife's absence, he hopes that his life will return to a normal state. However, when he discovers that the new maid has been lying to him, he realizes that there is more on the line than just his marriage.
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The case between the two families is finally resolved but we were left hanging without a resolution to the situation of estrangement. By the end, we could see how much they all cared for each other and wanted them to find a way to stay together and be happy. This film does what any good drama does. It pulls you into the shoes of other ordinary people and changes you before it lets you go.
Perhaps some people may find interesting the (I suppose authentically Iranian) way the 'crime' is investigated instantly and the informal way the judge interviews the witnesses and participants (and lets them yell and scream), but that is IT. I watched it all the way to the end, hoping the glowing review I had read would be valid.....nope. Wasted my $4.
Life goes as well as it can for a typical Iranian family until the wife decides to get a separation .
The movie begins with both of them stating their reasons to the judge :
We don't see the judge, they are speaking to us the viewers , this technique used most effectively on Rashomon , 1950 celebrated Akira
KUROSAWA film , is brilliant and from there on the linear but fast cinematic approach takes over like a hurricane and never stops. There aren't enough words to describe the human emotions so well depicted by all the characters, my favorable is the daughter ( which happens to be the directors own ) she is quietly suffering and trying to get her parents together as they all go thru this traumatic experience , the story told as I mentioned before is so dramatic the screenplay so elegant that at the end which contains the most harrowing personal cruel moment for the daughter as the judge asks to decide whose parents she wants to stay with and she keeps saying yes yes yes as the judge keeps asking?????
The most memorable film of 2011!
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The Blu ray comes with 1080p resolution, picture aspect ratio 1.85:1 full screen and DTS-HD Master Audio 3.0.
Asghar Farhadi`s acutely and engagingly directed independent film draws an invariably moving portrayal of a modern day Iranian married couple`s complicated separation and their adolescent daughter who his caught in the middle trying her utmost to prevent them from separating. With naturalistic urban milieu depictions and an intensifying stringent narrative structure, this well-paced, character-driven and dialog-driven story forms an intricate, involving and concentrated character drama about marriage, family relations, interpersonal relations, morality, social class differences and the human condition, which is reinforced by the empathic and compassionate acting performances by Iranian actresses Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat and Sarina Farhadi (the director`s daughter) and Iranian actors Peyman Moadi and Shahab Hosseini.
A detailed and multifaceted mystery which gained, among numerous other awards, the Golden Bear, the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, the Reader Jury of the "Berliner Morgenpost", the Silver Berlin Bear for Best Actor Peyman Moadi and Shahab Hosseini and Best Actress Leila Hatami and Sareh Bayat at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival in 2011, the César Award for Best Foreign Film at the 37th César Awards in 2012, the British Independent Film Award for Best Foreign Independent Film at the 14th British Independent Film Awards in 2012 and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year at the 84th Academy Awards in 2012 which marked it as the first Iranian film to receive an Academy Award in this category and Asghar Farhadi the first Iranian director to receive an Academy Award in any category.
Anger, shame, compassion, sorrow, duty, obligations to family, helplessness are some of the feelings we know and can identify ourselves to.
The only pity is that the English subtitles isn't very good. People in Iran speek very fast. It's not easy to get a complete translation in subtitles. But in my copy too much is missing. I feel I'm losing a lot of the content in the movie, and it's not always easy to understand what is going on here.
This should be improved!
A first class movie from a talented director.
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The film is worth watching, good acting, it deals with some personal issues as well as making sense of the judicial system and cultural differences in a Muslim country
really recommended , especially if you like to understand Iran.
it deserves the Oscar (It is Oscar winner)