Iranian Cinema, a world cinema that has finally grasped my attention and made me want more. I am very excited to talk and dig deeper into Iranian Cinema. Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation (2011) really captured my attention as a viewer as do I believe it caught everyone else’s around me.
The moment the film started I was hooked, for the first 45 minutes of the film I was glued to the screen. I did not break away from the screen once, then someone left the screening room and it broke my attention, once this happened I checked the time and realized wow I have been really into this film. I still stayed very into the film gathering all of the little details, trying to figure out what this simple plot of a separation between a couple really meant to the overall meaning of the film.
Once the film had finished I was shocked at how the ending played out, it left the viewer to decide how it would end with their own imagination. This was my least favorite part of the film; I am one who likes a resolution in the end. However after completing this film I was able to grasp what I believed was one of the main themes or underlying meanings in this film. I believe the director Farhadi was trying to show the viewers without coming out and saying it that the government in Iran is corrupted. It is very hard for a film to be approved by the government in Iran because it has to fit their rules and regulations. However a good filmmaker can put a good underlying meaning into a film that others can see, I believe that this is that the government in Iran is corrupt and a little into the rights of women. As for the rights of women that is more of a religious thing instead of a governmental thing. Everyone is Muslim and have the rules they must follow that come from the Quran. When it comes to the government’s corruption you see this through the court hearings and the police officials acts of duty. In the court room there is no jury, there are no lawyers and no sense of regulation when it comes to people speaking. The judge allowed Hojjat to speak his mind about an incident he did not witness; he persuaded the judge’s thoughts on what actually happened by listening to his wife’s lies which we see in the end. Along with this there was no sort of expert investigation, only the views of people whom they said could vouch for them (tutors, daughters, and neighbors whom were not present).
This film also allowed the viewers to witness what it is like when a family is separated and the strains it puts on the people who have no control over the situation, in this case their daughter. This could be another underlying meaning the filmmaker is trying to give to the viewers that divorce really causes more damage than good for a family.
I think this film did a good job of portraying the story itself along with what I believe to be a few underlying meanings. I was very impressed with the work of this director, and his technical ways he portrayed this story. It was a beautiful picture that anyone could enjoy. I look forward to seeing more Iranian films in the future after this one.
Academy Award Winner 2012