Must-See New Film From Iran Crosses Boundaries

excerpt Cheshire on Film Metro Magazine

A Separation is positioned to open more American eyes than any previous film because it is already the Iranian cinema’s most successful export ever. After becoming a hit in Iran, sweeping the top awards at the Berlin Film Festival and gaining wide international acclaim last year, in January it became the first Iranian film to win the Golden Globe for foreign film and the first to receive two Oscar nominations, for Foreign-Language Film and Screenplay.

I should also add that, while the film’s depiction of Iran is nuanced and realistic, it is not exactly flattering. When the story opens, a middle-class couple, Simin (Leila Hatami) and Nader (Peyman Moadi), are asking a judge for a divorce. They seem in consternation, and no wonder: they really don’t want to separate.

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