Foreign Language Film 2012
Humane, complex and engaging, this
Oscar - winning movie provides a moving insight into the lives of a family
affected by the dissolution of marriage. Set in contemporary Iran, the
movie poignantly captures the relationships between father and son,
husband and wife, and parent and child.
The movie opens with a scene where
Simin and husband Nader sit before a judge to file Siminís request for
divorce. The basis for divorce is Naderís refusal to move overseas in
hope of a brighter future for their young daughter, Termih, and leave his
Alzheimer - stricken father behind.
Iranian director, Asghar Farhadi,
has captured a depth to each of the characters in the movie. Viewers are
drawn in by developing a deeper understanding of each of the characters as
the movie progresses. There are no villains, simply people who must each
make difficult decisions in an environment heavily influenced by religion,
culture and financial hardship.
The movie cleverly explores the
paradoxical effects of family relationships, which can be amongst the most
rewarding as well as the most devastating. Well worth the prestigious
Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, A Separation is thought provoking
and refreshingly humane. Highly recommended for all.