Asghar Farhadi, IRN 2011, 123 min
language: Persian – subtitles: English
A Separation would be superior filmmaking under any circumstances. That it also enables Western audiences to relate to its Iranian characters as people—not as political enemies or faceless statistics—is an equally great achievement.
There are no heroes or villains in this story: there are only everyday figures who try their best and struggle to survive. The story begins as a modern-thinking woman asks for a divorce and is told, by an unseen magistrate, that she can’t take her daughter out of the country if her husband doesn’t consent. It’s the start of an unfolding story that involves circumstance, coincidence, and choice. Not to be missed.
This program is part of Asia Week Eindhoven