The Iranian film, A Separation (2011), is as splendid as all the critics have said it is. It is skillfully directed and shrewdly, fascinatingly written by one man: Asghar Farhadi. The drama–all about a shattering conflict involving two families–is full-steam-ahead and tragic, but not despairing.
One of the movie’s themes is the human inclination to use lies for protection, for a refuge. By no means does Farhadi condone lying, but he shows us circumstances in which people either lie or they are doomed. Another theme is that which the title points to: separation between family members, between husbands and wives, and what is wrought by this.
Not surprisingly, the Oscar for Best Foreign Film of 2011 went to A Separation. How come American filmmakers failed to produce anything even approximating this work?
(In Persian with English subtitles)