Rolling Stone described it as "a wonderfully affecting film that haunts you long after it ends." While I can agree it really tries to pull at the heartstrings, and is beautifully filmed, it's just not something I can picture myself dwelling on – even so much as recommending it to someone. Perhaps it's just a bit too much of a downer for me to want to sink my teeth in further.
A nuanced, emotionally complex and very human drama about bad choices and people's inability to move on from them. Intelligently directed and expertly acted across the board. Emotional revelations create a gripping narrative thst almost plays like a thriller. An excellent film made for grown ups.
De toute évidence, Asghar Farhadi a passé assez brillamment la délicate épreuve d'un tournage hors des frontières iraniennes, même si la réalisation, parfois pesante, est orpheline de la virtuosité des oeuvres précédentes, plus proche ici d'une ambiance à la Sautet, avec une légère tendance du scénario à glisser vers l'hyperbole et l'artificiel, avec ses discutables rebondissements à la chaîne.www.cinefiches.com
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.
Bellissimo e spietato racconto di tanti personaggi, ognuno colpevole, intrappolati in un passato che non gli dà via di scampo e non gliene darà. Impossibile vedere uno spiraglio di speranza in una storia tanto fitta (che sveliamo insieme al protagonista che arriva nel mezzo della questione e si fa raccontare tutto dagli altri) quanto nera in cui la colpa soffoca ogni futuro.
The past is like a foreign country, perhaps, but this drama focuses more on personality clash than cultural misunderstanding. The prospect of the director of "A Separation" teaming up with the fantastic Tahar Rahim falls flat because this lacks the tight emotional core of the previous masterpiece; the mood is instead more expansive this time, where the ennui threatens to suffocate the characters.