A Separation (2011) – Asghar Farhadi (Friday’s Finest)

A Separation_

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

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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14 comments on “A Separation (2011) – Asghar Farhadi (Friday’s Finest)
  1. badfinger20 says:

    After that review, I have to watch it.

    • It’s funny which characters people hero worship in cinema. On one hand you have Tarantino’s bro-romance stars in Once Upon a time and then you have this male protagonist in A Separation. Those guys – Cliff and Rick couldn’t lace this guys boots IMHO. Until you’ve seen A Separation it may be difficult to understand what I mean.

  2. hanspostcard says:

    Going to have to track this movie down… like your list- Citizen Kane up very high on my list too. – You mentioned the News On The March in a post a few days ago- which brought back a dream I had a few years ago- The News On The March scene from Kane was in the dream- – with different news of course….. I’ve decided Orson would have played me in the movie.

  3. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Well, just reading your review made me want to skip work today and find this movie and see it! I’ll ask hubby to look for it for me. He’ll be happy to find it as long as he doesn’t have to watch–he hates most dramas, no matter how good they are, lol…..

    • This made me laugh Stacey. Well it’s definitely not a chick flick if that’s what he’s concerned about. But yes it gets bogged down in the drama, lets say, but once the story develops it’s riveting and a bit of legal thriller. It’s also a real cultural eye opener if he wants to feel like he’s in real modern day Iran for 2 hours. Or simply chain him to the couch.

  4. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Haha. Yes! I’ll employ those handcuffs we used to have fun with in our younger years and force him to see what’s to become of us if he doesn’t comply……..! ! (Or, since we’ve been married for so long, maybe that wouldn’t be a threat so much as a hope, lol)

    • I think he could be pleasantly surprised if you went down that route. You make marriage sound so appealing. I’m surprised I haven’t tried it again jeje Let me know how you like the movie if you do turn end up seeing it.

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