I had A Separation on the back-burner to watch for far too long and when I eventually saw this Academy award winner for best foreign film, I was kicking myself I hadn’t seen it sooner. It is currently sitting 9th on my all time favourite movie list. Set in contemporary Iran, A Separation is a compelling drama of a dissolution of marriage. Sounds like a contradiction in terms doesn’t it? ‘Compelling drama’ – ‘dissolution of marriage’. Meh, who wants to see an Iranian Kramer versus Kramer? Those were exactly my thoughts.
I should have gone without preconception since this movie shook me to my core and I can’t think of a another movie with more nuanced and instinctive performances from the leads and supporting cast. Is there such a thing as reality-drama because if there is then A Separation deserves the highest accolades in that genre. It’s not just that where it reigns supreme but the genius of Asghar Farhadi’s story is that it piles on the tension and drama without resorting to fireworks, trickery or shock and awe plot effects.
Do not read any detailed reviews or trailers. Go without preconception.
It deserved all the plaudits it got and of course a much wider audience and for that reason it is here in ‘Friday’s finest’. If you have seen A Separation don’t hesitate to let us know what you thought in the comments section below.
Minimalistic and economic, a Separation is one of the finest, most chiselled pieces of cinema of this millennium.
– IMDB User Tait_Tait