From director Asghar Farhadi and Golem Distribucion comes the tension of “A Separation”.
This film tells the story of Nader (Peyman Moadi) and wife Simin (Leila Hatami) a married couple that are in the middle of a dispute about leaving for the United States. Simin believes it the only way their daughter Termeh (Sarina Farhadi) will have educational opportunities.
Nader is against it not wanting to leave his ailing father who suffers from Alzheimer’s. Leila files for a divorce and moves in with family. Putting pressure on Nader, he is forced to hire help to be able to keep his job and take care of his father.
He hires Razieh (Sareh Bayat) who starts out very well. Until one day Nader discovers his father tied his bed. This one event leads Nader down a road of trust and truth that he must come to terms with for his own life.
FINAL WORD: Moadi is intense and focused in his role as Nader. It is interesting how he managed to maintain his “truth” with a straight face. His self righteous anger mixed with the love of his daughter forced him to make choices I don’t think would have otherwise been made. Moadi pulls it off wonderfully.
Hatami as wife Simin is equally as passionate in her role. It is interesting to watch her stand up for herself and her daughter in a country where so much is changing. Hatami feels the pain of separation from a daughter who clearly doesn’t wish to take sides in the divorce.
Bayat as Razieh is a character I didn’t see coming. Knowing her role and her station with her husband causes such a rift in her emotions. Again, riveting to watching her pull off such a struggle on film.
“A Separation” has already won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film of 2012 and it is the first ever for Iran. The same award has been given by the Broadcast Film Critics Association. There are numerous nominations as well, which leads me to believe we will see it again in the Oscar race.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “A Separation” three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. This is an interesting look inside the life in a country most of us truly don’t understand yet. Here is a chance to watch amazing performances by a cast that takes a story and turns it into a film that should be on everyone’s list of “must see” films.
In the end – there are ugly truths mixed with sweet lies.