Farhadi weaves every little detail and nuance of the story into his cinematic tapestry with effortless elegance, only to the extent needed to get his point across, and succeeds beautifully. Real life and real characters with their unexaggerated tensions and foibles are at the core of this richly subtle exploration of family relations in a repressive society undergoing a gradual political and cultural shift.
This is a unique and complex Iranian film that portrays the growing strength of women as they exceed men as graduates and become a powerful force in the employment market. Asghar Farhadi exposes the inevitable faultlines of family burdens, an angry outsider and the fractious politics of the religious order and more freedom for women.
A little schematic and straight-faced for my tastes, though its moral seriousness was appreciated. Fine performances too. But I found myself far more interested in the child characters than the adults. Since the plotting and pacing are exemplary, I suspect I would have appreciated it more as an emotionally wrought three-act play. For those who like character-driven drama though, essential.
Sans ignorer ou masquer les contraignantes problématiques du quotidien iranien, de ses ubuesques lourdeurs juridiques et des malaises structuraux et sociétaux évidents, cette brillante oeuvre cinématographique s'énonce dans une bienheureuse intemporalité humaine et situationnelle. www.cinefiches.com
After hearing all the acclaim this one's been getting, I had to see it. The acting is fantastic all around, and the central conflict provides some interesting moral dilemmas, along with having a unique Arabic cultural twist. But the film went on too long, and the ending was a bit lacking, even if it is more realistic than other films dealing with divorce and family strife. I'll check out Asghar Farhadi's other works.