Following a four year separation, Ahmad returns to Paris from Tehran, upon his French wife Marie’s request, in order to finalize their divorce procedure. During his brief stay, Ahmad discovers the conflicting nature of Marie’s relationship with her daughter Lucie.
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2,5 The opening scenes are interesting in the way in which Farhadi elaborates Antonioni's cinema. Nevertheless, they present the problem of the movie: the metaphor is too literal. The film lacks creativity. A little film by an imitator of Antonioni. And the script is so disappointing. Excellent use of diegetic sound.
Farhadi gives us another divorce-melodrama permeated with the ambiance of a thriller, but this time the action unfolds in Paris rather than Tehran, in (mostly) French rather than Persian, and without the political dimension that provided A SEPARATION with so much of its depth and menace. This somber, immaculately presented soap opera is buttressed by faultless performances and all-too-faultless production values.
A subtle move away from the realism of A Separation into melodrama, but this is superior melodrama. Asghar Farhadi combines suspense and empathy in these tense family dramas that leaves most thrillers in the dust. A major talent who will get me to the theater with every new film.
This film stayed with me. Farhadi's direction is objective and subtle, slowly peeling back layers, aiming not to resolve the conflict but rather to expose each character's part. What I liked about it was its ambiguity - every character is somewhat to blame for the mess they're all in, but nobody is willing to accept culpability. In avoiding black & white resolution, Farhadi made a film that is ultimately more human.
Mining the nitty-gritty of domestic life Farhadi again creates a story rich in conflict and deep with emotion. It's subtle, psychological, adult drama bathed in subtext that requires an attentive audience; stay focussed and learn something about yourself. 4.5 stars
Beautifully modulated film by Asghar Farhadi feels like a spiritual but lesser cousin to A SEPARATION. Dealing with the aftermath of a divorce, a woman, her ex-husband, and her husband to be, working through issues & hidden secrets is at once engrossing and yet strangely distancing. More of a soap opera than anything in the brilliant A SEPARATION, yet Farhadi manages to keep it grounded. Final shot is killer.
Even though some of the acting was quite impressive the film is brought down by an extremely heavy plot that offers no sightings nor deeper meanings to it. It's melodrama at its most superficial. Too bad!