A Separation ★★★★★

The critics are largely unanimous that this is the film of the year. I find no cause for dispute - this is an exceptionally well made and thought provoking family drama. While the core thread of the story may be considered somewhat unique to Iran the, themes of morality and virtues are universal. The tagline ‘ugly truth, sweet lies’ really captures the essence of a film that goes further than simply explore the cultural roles within modern Iranian society, it challenges the morality. This is the stuff of defining cinema. You could equally watch this without the sound on and still come away with the same sense of emotion and understanding of cultural roles. But to only talk about how great the events of the film are is to miss one of the most exceptional elements - the way director Farhadi uses the camera will have you glued to every shot.

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