Separation, A (Blu-ray Review)18 Aug, 2012 By: Angelique Flores
Box Office $7.1 million
$30.99 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray, ‘PG-13’ for mature thematic material.
In Persian with English subtitles.
Stars Peyman Moaadi, Shahab Hosseini.
To give an idea of how well lauded this Iranian film has been around the world, it has won 55 awards around the globe from some of the top film organizations and festivals. It is the first Iranian movie to win an Oscar, for Best Foreign-Language Film, and it won a Golden Globe in the same category. The drama was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, an uncommon feat for a foreign film.
Director and writer Asghar Farhadi has brilliantly crafted a complex story that centers on Nader and his wife, Simin. She has filed for divorce because he won’t leave the country with her in order to provide a better life for their 11-year-old daughter, Termeh. Nader cares a great deal about his daughter, but he also does not want to leave behind his father, who has Alzheimer’s.
Upset Simin separates from her husband and stays with her parents, while Nader is left to hire a woman, Razieh, who is nearly five months pregnant, to care for his father while he is at work.
The film delivers a heart-wrenching element of pathos to the characters and their difficult individual situations. Each is doing what he or she thinks is best, though others may frown upon their choices.
Shot in documentary style, the movie puts the audience in the room with the characters, in one instance even in the point of view of one of them.
The bonus materials feature an interesting Q&A with Farhadi, explaining not only the film but also some of the customs and the religion in Iran.