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A Separation: Review

Posted by Kenneth Shinozuka on April 8, 2012 at 12:40 AM


A Separation

Released: Friday, December 30, 2011 (Limited Release)

Starring: Peyman Moaadi (Nader), Leila Hatami (Simin), Sarina Farhadi (Termeh)

Director and Screenwriter: Asghar Farhadi

Runtime: 120 minutes

Rated: PG-13


                                                      out of 100

                            A Separation from Modern Filmmaking

The year's most acclaimed films are often not the most visually grand features with the most recognizable stars, but the ones that quietly stun us with powerhouse performances, insightful characterization, and excellent writing and direction. Without any name recognition among Hollywood, Asghar Farhadi of Iran has not only written but also directed and produced a powerful portrait of human imperfection, one that pierces into the complex depths of human nature and emerges with one of the tensest and most captivating films of the year. The minor frailties within the variety of relationships in "A Separation" only intensify and spawn massive repercussions from seemingly trivial actions. Yet the quiet and unseen disaster that unfolds within this particularly Iranian film is not a reflection of a certain culture but of universal family circumstances applicable to people of all walks of life. The powerful yet subtle performances of wife and husband Leila Hatami and Peyman Moadin offer keen insight into complex characters who cannot be labeled as paragons nor monsters, but rather imperfect humans willing to commit the worst of sins or sacrifice even the most valuable of objects to mend damaged family bonds. Though it more than deserved the coveted title of Best Foreign Language picture at the Academy Awards, to call "A Separation" perfect would be a description of utmost irony in a story about the imperfections of man. 100/100

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Reply Dr. Dawn Bain
2:49 AM on April 9, 2012 
You are by far the best movie critic writer I have ever read....and your honest,descriptive comments about each movie are what I use as my guide to movie watching. Thank you!
Reply Kenneth Shinozuka
1:26 PM on April 9, 2012 
Dear Lady Dawn,

Thank you for those words of kindness! I hope you continue to read my reviews.

Kenneth Shinozuka
Reply Dillon Sun
12:54 AM on May 24, 2012 
Great reviews Kenneth! You are really true to your words, not like those other critics out there.