Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

A Separation (2011)

Directed by Asghar Farhadi

Starring Payman Maadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini


The comfortable pacing, handheld camera, lack of score, and perfectly natural dialogue make the story and the people in it very real. Perfect performances by all actors: lead and supporting, big and small, young and old.

An interesting exploration of Iranian law and faith and the gray area in between. I know most of the subject matter wasn’t funny, but I can’t help feeling like the drama could have been made more dramatic with a bit of humor. Loved the ending.

Well-deserved Oscar nominations.

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