A pure drama with an intricate clever plot and characters that brings particular fascination to a Westerner showcasing religious, moral and class tensions within contemporary Iranian society overturning typical cultural assumptions. Technically the film offers no frills, and is basically similar to a typical Hollywood production, but the complexity and depth of introspection is unparalleled when compared to Hollywood
All the characters find themselves in a complex situation that tests their moral and ethical values, and I found it highly intriguing to see how each one handled it. In my opinion, the character who exhibited the most honor at the end was...[spoiler: don't check the comments if you plan on watching]
A masterpiece of the struggles of married life, when conflicts of moving on and staying behind are at stake. Incredible performance from all the actors involved. Humble and bold cinematography, courageous perspectives of Iranian life. I was in awe when I saw it, I still am to this day. Glad it won an Oscar, because it got the attention of Americans, who drown in their own mainstream agenda.
The ingredients here are so simple, yet so hard to achieve. A humble directing style, totally committed acting, character development that makes sense and never falls into cliche or predictability and a veiled, open-to-interpretation series of themes and meanings. This film is specific to Iran, but speaks across all cultures and times. Excellent.
A pervasively confrontational, deeply intricate film about integrity filtered through family and the law. Farhadi's characters often address the camera directly as they plead their cases, seemingly in an attempt to win the audience as well as the judges. It works, too. No one here is unsympathetic, no one here is perfect, and the complexities religion and financial insecurity bring to the table are crushingly real.
This movie is truly a work of art. I didn't pay much attention to the cinematography since I got caught up in the amazing story. I started seeing the angles pretty soon but that didn't spoil it. You will be swept away by the movie's dark and sad current. The performances are great with no exceptions and the final shot is masterful.
The characters in this film are flawed and 3 dimensional and they all have certain virtues and vices. They're all good people but no one's perfect. What makes "A Separation" a masterpiece is how Frahadi brilliantly shows that a single institution (whether it be legal or religious) is incapable of incorporating all points of view in a time of conflict; even if everyone is righteous in their own bubble of subjectivity.
Complex, a real insight into what I assume is a Sharia Court. How quickly the situation descends as the lack of understanding amongst all parties escalates. In the end of course the daughter is the real loser in all this. Ironic of course as she is the only one left with a 'choice'.
The movie works in several layers. It could be seen as a commentary on the everyday living of the Iranians, but the movie also could be understood as a metaphoric story about the fate of a country: The dad is its past, the daughter is its future. Other characters represent different layers of the Iranian society. The movie is a very successful narration of this mixture of realism and metaphors.