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Turning The Spotlight On....A Separation (2011 Best Foreign Language Film)

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#1 of 1 ONLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted August 15 2012 - 06:13 AM

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In this day of tireless Hollywood epics with huge explosions

and thoughtless storytelling, it's so refreshing to watch a film

as simple as A Separation and realize its brilliance.



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The 2011 Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Language

Film is a domestic drama about middle-class Iranian couple

going through the complexities of a separation.    As the film

begins, we meet Nader (Peyman Noadi) and his wife, Simin

(Leila Hatami) who are sitting before a magistrate arguing 

their case for disunion.  Simin wishes to leave the country and

make a better life for their young daughter.  Nader, a decent

hard-working banker, refuses to leave his Alzheimer-stricken

father behind.   


During the next two hours, a fascinating story unfolds as

Nader hires a young woman named Razieh (Sereh Bayat)

to come to his home and take care of his father.  A few days

later, upon returning from work, Nader finds his father alone, tied

to the bed.  What has happened to his caretaker?  What ensues

would only spoil the heart of this ever-twisting story. However, if

you would really like minor spoilers, check out the film's trailer below.



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The film is presented in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The transfer has

a very warm, natural feel to it with excellent color balance.  The

film's dialogue and music seemed to be completely spread across

the front channels which I found to be fine.  My engrossment within

the film's storytelling had no need for enhanced environmental sound.


The film is completely subtitled in English or French.  There is an 

optional commentary with Writer/Director Asghar Farhadi as well as

two additional featurettes.



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What is amazing to watch is the powerful true-to-life performances 

from the film's gifted actors.   It's rather astonishing to watch such

a simplistic, low-budget film succeed solely on its storytelling and

acting, keeping its viewers riveted to the screen right through the 

ending credits.  This deeply moving drama deserves the acclaim 

it has received and such, I give it my highest recommendation.



Available September 21st



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