February 25, 2012

Anks Movie Review: A Separation { Persian } (Drama) [ 5 / 5 ]

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A Separation: Jodái-e Náder az Simin, "The separation of Nader from Simin

This movie caught my attention as this was nominated in mainstream section of 84th Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. It's a persian movie about a couple Nader & Simin who lives in Tehran and are in the verge of seperation because Simin wanted to leave the country and settle abroad because she believed life is better at abroad for her and her 12 year old daughter whereas Nader doesn't want to leave his 80 year old father who is suffering from Alzheimer disease. In the first scene a family courts rejects Simin's pleas for the divorce. Simin then leaves her husband and daughter and moves back in with her parents. On the recommendations of his wife, Nader hires Razieh, a young, pregnant and deeply religious woman from a poor suburb, to take care of his father while he works at a bank.

Razieh comes to work everyday with her 5 year old daughter and realise the job is tough for her as she being pregnant, has to commute from far and taking care of cleaning a man (Nader's father) which is against her religion. One day during the day time at her job she had to leave for some urgent work which she couldn't- so she tie Nader's father hands to the bed and locks him inside to visit her doctor. When Nader comes back early that day and sees his house is locked from outside and when he gets inside he find his father was lying on the floor and he becomes angry and ask Razieh (when she comes back), to leave his house and also claims that some money is missing from his house. Razieh cries and explains her situation and claims she is not a thief and it is insult for her as she is too religious. Nader pushes Razieh out of his house and later finds out that she had mis-carriage. And there on he fights court battle to prove his innosence while also battling his situation with his daughter and wife.

The movie is too realistic and exceptionally written. Each and every character are so much real life that you believe that this is happening in front of you. The confrontations, court scene and father-daughter bonding was portrayed brilliantly. It covered various aspect of relationship, domestic, social and religious problem by not making any loud inferences. The movie ends when court accept the Separation of Nader from Simin and ask their daughter to decide who she wants to be with and the best part is ending is open handed to let you decide who were right or wrong in terms of moral, ethics & the law.

This is one of the best movie I had ever seen, definitely belongs to my collection and I seriously wish this movie must win an oscar for Best Writing (Original Screenplay) and Best Film in Foreign Language.
Simply Superb.

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