A Separation DVD
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Directed by Asghar Farhadi
Produced in 2011
Main Language - Persian with English subtitles
Babak Karimi, Peyman Moaadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini, Sarina Farhadi
A suspenseful, intelligent examination of the fractures in Iranian society, this is the most compelling and critical work to have emerged from its cinema in a decade, says Mike McCahill.
At the start of Asghar Farhadi’s Berlin Golden Bear winner, a young couple sit before a judge. Simin (Leila Hatami) is about to leave Iran on a work assignment, but custom dictates she needs a divorce to leave without her husband. Nader (Peyman Moadi) is unwilling to join her, as his father has advanced Alzheimer’s. He finds a makeshift carer in a pregnant acquaintance, but she’s struggling with her own responsibilities; this separation’s other knock-on effects will encompass everything from split bin-bags to a tragic loss of life.
Adopting a spare, even-handed approach, Farhadi lends the unfolding domestic turmoil the immediacy of a live news feed. His cast excel in pinning down potential conflicts: the examination turns positively forensic in the second half, as what was once a home gets converted, more by accident than design, into a crime scene of sorts. Skilfully shuffling our sympathies around a set of decent yet increasingly frazzled individuals, A Separation is the most compelling and critical work to have emerged from the Iranian cinema in a decade.
Mike McCahill on 14th October 2011
Author of 215 reviews
Winner of an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film 2012, a Golden Bear at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival (the first Iranian film to receive both awards) and also a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language film, A Separation is a suspenseful and intelligent drama detailing the fractures and tensions at the heart of Iranian society.
When his wife leaves him, Nader hires a young woman to take care of his suffering father. But he doesn't know his new maid is not only pregnant, but also working without her unstable husband's permission. Soon, Nader finds himself entangled in a web of lies, manipulation and public confrontations.
With superb performances from the ensemble cast and a fine script, A Separation is rooted in the particulars of Iranian society but transcends its setting to create a morality play with universal resonance.
Publisher: Artificial Eye
Length: 123 mins
Cat No: ART561DVDA
Format: DVD Colour
- Interviews: Asghar Farhadi and Leila Hatami