2011. Iran. Asghar Farhadi. 123 min.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2011. Iran. Written and directed by Asghar Farhadi. With Leila Hatami, Peyman Moadi, Shahab Hosseini, Sareh Bayat. Issues of class, race, justice, family, and gender are dissected through the deceptively simple story of a couple in the midst of a personal crisis that quickly spins out of control. A bourgeois couple’s calamitous downward spiral starts when Simin files for divorce from her husband Nader because he refuses to emigrate from Iran, and greater complications arise when Nader hires Razieh, a deeply religious young woman with a secret. A Separation explores Iran’s labyrinthine legal system with sincerity and concern while questioning the implications and importance of honesty. Writer-director Farhadi’s exquisitely layered screenplay, brought to life by a formidable cast, reveals minute psychological and socialogical shadings and plays like a suspense drama—by turns Kafkaesque and unbearably tense. Winner of the Golden Bear for Best Picture at the Berlin Film Festival. Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics. In Farsi; English subtitles. 123 min.