This Week’s Recommendation: A Separation

18 Jun 2021

Title: A Separation
Iran, 2011
123 mins, language: Farsi
Directed by Asghar Farhadi

'A Separation' was the 699th film screened by RFS on 27th November 2012. It was the fifth equal ranked film of Season 50, with an audience rating of 92%.

The film was critically acclaimed, winning 89 awards worldwide, including the 2012 Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film.

It is hard to summarise, this kaleidoscope of a film and it is perhaps best introduced with the following quotes, coupled with a warning that you have to concentrate from the beginning to understand the plot. 

“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."
Chris Vongar, Dallas Morning News

“An emotional, powerful look at two families, intertwined by tragedy, and how each pleads their case for innocence and how justice should be theirs. A quiet movie that catches you off guard, all the while possessing the emotional firepower of justice, guilt, pride, family, and pain in one cannon.”
Dan Schultz, Rotten Tomatoes

"Just when it seemed impossible for Iranian filmmakers to express themselves meaningfully outside the bounds of censorship, Asghar Farhadi's Nader and Simin, A Separation comes along to prove the contrary. Apparently simple on a narrative level yet morally, psychologically and socially complex, it succeeds in bringing Iranian society into focus for in a way few other films have done......Though the film lasts two hours, Hayedeh Safiyari's fast-moving editing keeps the action tensely involving from start to finish."
Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

"Tense and narratively complex, formally dense and morally challenging... The provocative plot casts a revealing light on contemporary Iranian society, taking on issues of gender, class, justice and honour as a secular middle-class family in the midst of upheaval winds up in conflict with an impoverished religious one."
Alissa Simon, Variety

Full film notes available in the Twickenham & Richmond Tribune -
The film can be streamed from Curzon and Amazon Prime and the discs are available from Amazon and other retailers.

Presented by Richmond Film Society