Reviews for A Separation
Reel Film Reviews
There's little doubt that A Separation opens with a great deal of promise, as Farhadi kicks off the proceedings with an engrossing sequence in which Nader and Simin argue their case before an unseen judge - with the scene instantly drawing the viewer...
A Separation is a puzzle. It is an interpersonal mystery of heartbreak, love, family, commitment, truth, lies, faith and responsibility, each overlapping on top of the other in a way that is dexterous, multifaceted and, most of all, real.
A Separation, Asghar Farhadi's universally acclaimed 2011 feature, is many things, none of them trivial. It's an indictment of a culture in which religion and tradition poison a legal system. It is an exploration of the power of a lie. It is a mystery...
Asghar Farhadi's A Separation has already received so many awards and accolades - the latest being Tuesday's Oscar nominations for best foreign-language film and best original screenplay - that it's impossible to enter the theater without bringing...
The Critical Critics
The failure to see other people’s perspectives is in full view in Asqhar Farhadi’s brilliant A Separation, winner of the Best Foreign Film award at the Golden Globes and nominated for an Oscar in the same category.
Asghar Farhadi's "A Separation" is a brilliant piece of storytelling that plays out as far more than just the simple domestic drama it pretends to be, filled with subliminally veiled statements on the country's religion, class system...
Film Freak Central
If A Separation is all "talk," then, it's because it's about intelligent people who can only navigate their impossible circumstances by articulating their positions, persuading someone else of their vision of the world.
Mark Reviews Movies
A Separation opens with a three-way discussion between a wife, her husband, and a court official as they debate whether or not the couple can get a divorce. It's a long take, looking straight on at the wife and husband from the point of view of the...
So far, so intriguing. Every good divorce drama must dissect the warring duo's personalities. But the Oscar-nominated Iranian film "A Separation" is no mere chamber drama of an embittered couple wielding emotional truncheons.
With clear eyes and an unyielding conscience, the Iranian drama A Separation chronicles an imperfect storm of good intentions, bad choices, selfishness and misplaced dignity. It's completely engrossing and utterly painful to watch.
Though the characters may not live in glass houses, it’s a shattered windshield that attends A Separation’s moment of truth.
At the start of A Separation, an Iranian couple appears before a judge to request a divorce. Simin (Leila Hatami) and Nader (Peyman Moadi) have irreconcilable differences: She wants to move abroad before their exit visas expire for the sake of their...
Las Vegas Weekly
In fact, not only is A Separation, from Iran, the finest movie sporting subtitles to be released in the U.S. last year, but it’s also orders of magnitude more impressive than any of the Best Picture nominees, not to mention everything else that’s hit thea
If any one film can re-inject life into an entire national cinema, it’s A Separation. This searing, cerebral drama by writer-director Ashgar Farhadi has already scooped up dozens of prizes, including the Best Foreign Language Film trophy at the Academy...
Big Picture Big Sound
"A Separation" is a simple tale of regular people leading regular lives in a culture quite different than we are used to in America. Simin (Leila Hatami) and Naader (Peyman Moaadi) have recently separated. Simin has moved out, leaving Naader with...
Barriers both transparent and persistently present encase the characters of A Separation, constricting them in ways social, cultural, religious, familial, and emotional. Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi's superb drama concerns Nader...
Time Out New York
Divorce, an honest lawyer will tell you, is never the complete end of anything—and so, in the extraordinary A Separation, we meet two dividing parties as merely a prologue. Simin (Hatami) hopes for a better life abroad for her child; Nader (Moaadi)...
The power in Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s familial-social drama “A Separation” is felt in closeups:
The A.V. Club
Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation begins with the eponymous event: After 14 years of marriage, one that yielded an 11-year-old daughter (Sarina Farhadi), Leila Hatami opts to file for divorce from husband Peyman Moaadi over his refusal to take their family.
Asghar Farhadi, the Iranian writer-director of the great new movie A Separation, has that kind of talent. From the opening moments, in which Nader (Peyman Moadi) and Simin (Leila Hatami), a middle-class husband and wife in Tehran...
A Separation is an impressively directed, superbly written and brilliantly acted drama that exerts a tight emotional grip. Highly recommended.
The Globe And Mail
A Separation is a superb detective story but, being set in contemporary Iran, it’s like no other you’ve seen before. Those Agatha Christie questions are all there – who did what to whom and why? – but the answers are the least important part of the film.
But take Asghar Farhadi’s Golden Globe-winning Iranian film, A Separation. The beauty of this film lies in the fact that there are no villains. There are no good guys. There are only humans, trying to contend with the hand they have been dealt...
Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation takes us on a complex emotional journey, as we watch decent, well-meaning people get tangled up in their little white lies with disastrous results. The film begins with Nader (Peyman Moaadi) and Simin (Leila Hatami)...
มันไม่น่าแปลกใจเลยที่หนังเรื่องนี้มันจะกวาดมาหมดทุกเทศกาลและรับไปหมาดๆกับ Best Foreign Language Film จาก Golden Globe และคงจะนอนมาเลยในสาขาภาพยนตร์ยอดเยี่ยมในเวที Oscar ปีนี้ดังนั้น A Separation ได้สร้างกระแสความเจ๋งจากหนังอิหร่านให้กลับมากระดี๊กระด๊า...
A Separation Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation (Jodaeiye Nader az Simin) is a devastating, slow-burn portrait of how dozens of seemingly insignificant actions and decisions—some conscious, some otherwise—can accumulate into a ruinous scenario.
Time Out London
‘A Separation’ is lively and suspenseful as both drama and debate. It employs a tricksy moral compass that swings all over the place as we see its story from various viewpoints.
ABC Radio (Australia)
An unbelievably taut thriller of the emotions, A Separation's only misstep is its title (or at least the English translation). It simply doesn't sell the film as well as I feel it could; the movie could easily be called Lies and Revenge or Savage Life...
There is an honest truth deeply situated in the heart of “A Separation,” one of the best films this year. And in that truth reveals a cosmic sense of unity with its characters battling through an inexorably harsh predicament.
Susan Granger Entertainment Commentaries
Acclaimed as one of the best foreign films of 2011, writer/director Asghar Farhadi’s meditation on marital conflict is set in contemporary Iran, where two couples are dragged before a judge to defend themselves and their legal, moral and religious...
Divorce, aging parents, economics, religion and social standing can be applied to any circumstance in any modern culture. The culture in Iran may seem mysterious, but there is nothing uncommon regarding what their people go through in the...
From the moment we meet Nader, he is so buffeted by cruel quirks of fate, both large and small, that his situation almost seems comical.
The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film belongs right here. With rare subtlety and transforming art, the remarkable writer-director Asghar Farhadi takes us into the emotional heart of modern Iran.
This Iranian film written and directed by Asghar Farhadi begins on an intense note: A couple are arguing before a judge concerning the question of dissolving their marriage. Now, despite the presence of more than a few good books on the subject...
The metaphor doesn't get any clearer than this. As battling spouses shout at an invisible judge sitting where the camera is, the message is undeniable: they're not just fighting over a relationship, but over a country, one that has both abandoned and...
New York Post
A man hires a pregnant woman to look after his father, who has Alzheimer’s. Returning home, he finds the woman gone and his father on the floor, tied to his bed. He fires her, but after she leaves she lets herself back into the apartment to argue that..
Somehow, despite an increasingly repressive regime that has jailed many prominent filmmakers, including the world renowned auteur Jafar Panahi, Iranian cinema continues to produce some of the world's subtlest and most illuminating films about the...
The winner of the Golden Bear at Berlin, Asghar Farhadi’s densely plotted, morally complex drama exposes divisions throughout Iranian society.
Shadows on the Wall
This award-winning film from Iran is a stunning piece of work, beautifully telling a raw human story with expert writing, direction, photography, editing and acting. It's so hugely involving that it's impossible to get it out of your head afterwards.
Two hours speed by in this densely plotted, morally complex marital drama from writer-director Asghar Farhadi, which brings together two very different sides of contemporary Iran.
En nu, met ‘Jodaeiye Nader az Simin’, oftewel ‘A separation’, beschrijft Farhadi het leed van alle betrokkenen bij een echtscheiding. Raak en met verve.