Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language film, A Separation, from writer-director Asghar Farhadi, is easily the most critically acclaimed drama of the year, a riveting tale of a troubled marriage caught in the gears of everyday life in modern day Tehran.
“…this domestic drama is smart, beautifully acted and astonishingly gripping — it grabs you like a crackerjack thriller. I'm not kidding when I say that it's better than any of the Hollywood films being touted for the Oscar.” (John Powers, NPR)
“The early front-runner for the foreign-language Oscar and a rare triple prize winner at the Berlin International Film Festival… this is a movie from Iran unlike any we've seen before.” (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times)
“It is a rigorously honest movie about the difficulties of being honest, a film that tries to be truthful about the slipperiness of truth. It also sketches a portrait — perhaps an unnervingly familiar picture for American audiences — of a society divided by sex, generation, religion and class.” (A.O. Scott, NY Times)
“… it doesn't spare any of its characters, nor does it seek to indict them. It is a democratic portrait of a theocratic world.” (Anthony Lane, New Yorker)
Asghar Farhadi. 2011. 123 m. PG-13. Iran, Persian. Sony Pictures Classics.
Official Website / Trailer (http://www.sonyclassics.com/aseparation/)