It must be hard being the only person to not like a film. Or, at least, the only critic. Such was the dilemma I was thinking about in relation to David Nusair's review of A Separation, the lone "rotten" review to appear on Rotten Tomatoes and, thus, bringing the film down from it's perch of a perfect 100%. That this bruising Iranian domestic drama has found 107 positive reviews out of 108 is truly remarkable and while I don't share Nusair's negativity about the film, it's certainly one I can sympathise with having been in a position of disliking well loved films before. Of course, I don't know if I've ever disliked a film that has proved to be quite so popular as A Separation, but one negative reaction from a sea of the very opposite seems like a win to win. The reaction of The Internet is, naturally, quite grotesque with this man being called all sorts of things. At one point the people responding start squabbling amongst each other for noth coming up with harsh enough insults! My, what a magical world we live it. I guess it makes sense that a film about ordinary people arguing over petty things that escalates into much, much more should elicit such reactions from people.
WOO HOO! Thanks to the people at Hopscotch I have a few double passes to give away for A Separation. They are only to be used within Australia, obviously, at participating cinemas. The back of the passes inform me that the film will be screening in at least one cinema in each state except for the Northern Territory. To enter simply send me an email with "A Separation" in the subject line and I'll get back to the winners for your contact details.