A Separation (2011) Rated PG-13

a separationA husband and wife must make a decision on whether to improve their daughter’s life by moving out of Iran or staying to take care of the husband’s aging father. Starring Peyman Moaadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat

Wow. This film takes you on an emotional roller coaster. This film is so well done, I’m floored. The script, the acting, and the directing brings you through this complex but telling story. You think you are just watching a film about family dynamics but think again. It’s a story about morals, classes, and cultures. Asghar Farhadi takes you through twists and turns on whether the family will stay together in Iran or not. Or even if that is the question.

 

I’m including a review from IMDB, which I think gives a better understanding of what this film has that makes it so great.

If mainstream cinema leaves you soulless, see this film.
If you have a modicum of intelligence, see this film.
If you like great acting and directing, see this film.
If you like great writing and editing, see this film.
If you have an interest in law, see this film.
If you are a parent, see this film.
A Separation is not harrowing or depressing. Fear not as I did before. If you don’t like subtitles, you will forget they are there. Do not read any more detailed reviews. Go without preconception. A Separation deserves all the plaudits it is getting and deserves a much wider audience. Minimalistic and economic, a Separation is one of the finest, most chiselled pieces of cinema of this millennium. -Dominic James Desphegel from London, England, GB

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