جدایی نادر از سیمین | A Separation (2011)
From the acclaimed writer-director of About Elly & Fireworks Wednesday, A Separation is Asghar Farhadi’s new offering to world cinema & not only is it his best work to date but with this masterpiece, he might have very well crafted his magnum opus. Simplest in its approach, minimalist in its presentation, economic in its creation & artistically subtle… A Separation is one of the perfectly flawless films of 21st century and arguably the finest that Cinema of Iran has offered so far. It’s a riveting, suspenseful drama that is highly gripping & involving, tough to let go, morally & emotionally draining but in the end, it’s totally worth it.
A Separation tells the story of an Iranian middle-class family. Nader & Simin are separating out after their 14-year of courtship when Nader refuses to leave Iran with Simin so that he can take care of his elderly father, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, instead of leaving him behind. Simin wants to leave because she thinks that her 11-year old daughter needs a better environment to grow up. When the divorce is rejected by the court, Simin moves to her mother’s place and Nader hires a lady to take care of his father. Tension arises when the lady is pushed out by Nader for failing to work properly, resulting in some terrible situations for the family.
It’s difficult to say whether it’s the writing or the direction that’s the best part of this film because Farhadi has done a tremendous job in both fields. The movie is very simple in its narration but morally & socially, it’s quite complex. Farhadi’s work is of craftsmanship for the manner in which he has captured the modern Iranian society. The characters are given depth by really good & realistic performances from its cast. The cinematography is brilliant, considering the required atmosphere it provided to the film. Editing is spectacular in keeping the viewers very much involved in its uneasy ambience that lasted throughout the runtime. There is no musical score in the film but the film played itself so smoothly, so beautifully, that there never felt the need for any.
Beginning with an interesting situation in the courtroom that grabs our attention instantly, A Separation, throughout its runtime, keeps raising its tension & doubtfulness, gets more confusing & suspenseful with its sudden twists & turns, thus becoming morally challenging as much to the viewers as to the characters in the film and finally finishes off with an ambiguous ending, thus coming full circle. It shows a simple domestic life & let the viewers decide what’s morally right & wrong by putting them in the adjudicator’s seat from the very beginning of the movie. But the real strength of this film belongs to the quicksilver vision of Asghar Farhadi and the cast did a fabulous job at realizing it on-screen.
Definitely the best film of its year & certainly one of world cinema’s finest, A Separation is a gritty portrayal of a domestic life in contemporary Iran that is destined to be remembered & admired for a long, long time.
An Instant Classic. A Solid Masterpiece. Strongly Recommended.