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:: A Separation

It’s hard to believe but the film of the year may just come from Iran. A Separation is streets ahead of most of the dramas that hit our screens this year and should it take home an Oscar it certainly deserves it.

Nader (Peyman Maadi) and Simin (Leila Hatami) are a couple of war. While she wants to take their daughter, Termeh to live abroad but Nader wants his family to stay in Iran so he can look after his severly disabled father (Ali-Asghar Shahbazi).

When Simin moves out though Nader hires the pre-occupied Razieh (Sareh Bayat) to look after his father when he isn’t at home. But an alarming incident leads to Nader being blamed for a crime and Razieh’s husband Hodjat (Shahab Hosseini) coming after him seeking blood. But did Nader do the crime that he is accused of?

Director/writer Asghar Farhadi has created a script of complete intrigue that is so realistic it is scary. The fact that Farhadi chooses to not show the audience what actually occurred with the incident makes the court process even more suspenseful. And having Hodjat as a hot-headed violent man capable of doing anything means that you genuinely worry for the safety of Nader and anyone around him.

Only adding to the suspense of the film is some brilliant acting performances by Peyman Maadi and Shahab Hosseini. Nader’s performance is Oscar-worthy while Hosseini’s performance is also incredible. The scenes in which he depicts Hodjat losing his temper are highlights and will be lapped up by anyone that enjoys dramatic acting at its best.

A Separation is sensational from start to finish. If you love crime drama you will find yourself totally engrossed by the film while you desperately try to figure out whether Nader has committed the crime he is accused of or not. A Separation is one of the films of the year!