Television isn't this raw (and complex). Iranian television, at least. lol
Felt like a made for TV melodrama (in how screenplay driven it is; also some of the reaction shots for instance) but with characters a lot more complex and less commercialized than you'd find on TV...The tension never lets down and you're left with a sort of queasiness; I was moved by the class tensions which I could relate to from my childhood in India ...
The shaping of the truth into a form that best serves our own needs is a trait without borders. Farhadi's magnificient script shines even stronger with a second viewing. What I like is that their is not one character in this film who is truly innocent or inherently honest save perhaps the alzeheimer's afflicted grandfather and in the end one only feels empathy for the angry but indeed wronged husband.
There were so many calamities in this movie, but without a significant spark causing it. I liked how every character seemed like a perpetrator, but then again you could have sympathy with everyone and understand their actions. Below the surface it discusses social relations as well, and the contrast there is between different groups of people in the country they live in, and how this causes friction.
Cassavettes fans will love this. There's no visual flair or ambitious technique. It's pure humanistic drama in a semidocumentary style. A gripping crescendo indeed.
Just as involving and complex on third viewing as it is on the first. While this is primarily a "screenwriter's movie" in the sense that the script is seamless in every conceivable way, this film is no slouch in the mis en scene department. Almost every shot emphasizes the physical distance between characters (lots of windows, mirrors, glass, not a whole lot of characters sharing shots).
Nader: Don't you ever think why you wanna leave this country? 'Cause every time you face a problem, you give in. Rather than confront it.
Astounding, and not even the movie I was expecting after all this time. Riveting and so true in all its aspects.
An incredibly well-acted and scripted movie touching a wide range of themes including class, morality and religion.
Out of the 18 people I follow, no one has given that film a rating lower than 3 stars. I rated it 4 out of 5, but I'll probably upgrade it to 5 for his power and simplicity and amazing actor's direction.
my No.2 film of 2011 so far, 9/10 my review: http://lasttimeisawdotcom.wordpress.com/2012/09/05/last-film-i-saw-a-separation/
I rated this movie 5 out of 5 stars. I must start by praising the writing. Sacrifice, justice, culture of fear, unconditional love are only the few themes that I hand picked from this single movie. I would normally oppose multiple themes in a movie yet this movie stood out to be an exception. All actors were superb but I have to put the supporting actress to a higher level. Best movie I have seen so far this year.
This film burns with the fire of human desire, misunderstanding, honor, lies, truth & the separation between our souls. It's extremely well acted & well written. It's a bit void of cinematic atmosphere, but compelling nonetheless. The interactions & conflict were so enthralling from start to finish, I can't believe it was all captured in one movie. So much truth in one little story of isolation amongst our brothers.