Monday 3 December 2012

Iranian Oscar Winner - A Separation

Very quickly the protagonists in this movie become quite annoying and I found myself siding with the judge and the daughter who is completely blameless and suffers the most. However this story's magic lies in it's ability to convey ambiguity and nuance. There isn't a single mistake that all parties don't make that I haven't made. That includes the couple above and the slightly over Islamic under educated couple who become embroiled in the lives of the more educated and upwardly mobile ones.

This is a movie about everybody losing unless key insights are learned from mistakes made and in that sense is as fine an introduction to Iranian metropolitan life as a person could wish for. 

It won an Oscar for best foreign film of 2012.