A Separation Director: Asghar Farhadi (2011) Call Number: DVD-V LD12-0366
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No wonder why A Separation was released to universal acclaim; this brilliant film won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, Golden Bear for Best Film and the Silver Bears for Best Actress and Best Actor at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012, becoming the first Iranian film to win the award.
This dense domestic drama follows a succession of disastrous consequences that follow a divorce. However, “To say the piercing Iranian film A Separation is about divorce is a bit like saying The Wizard of Oz is about a pair of slippers. What starts as a civil domestic dispute spirals into one miniature drama after another, encompassing the criminal justice system, religious faith, the loss of childhood innocence and a dense nightmare of bureaucracy” (Vognar, 2012).
The film generated some passionate reviews:
“A Separation is a landmark film. No way will you be able to get it out of your head” (Travers, 2011).
“It’s possible, if rare, to come across a movie that has it all. It’s my New Year’s wish that even viewers who’ve never bought a ticket to a subtitled film in Farsi will give A Separation a chance” (Stevens, 2011).
Stevens, Dana. “A Separation”. Slate. http://www.slate.com. 30 Dec. 2011.
Travers, Peter. “A Separation”. Dallas News. http://www.dallasnews.com. 29 Dec. 2011.
Vognar, Chris. “A Separation”. Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com. 2 Feb. 2012.
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