Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Thoughts on A Separation + Win Tickets!

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.

Nevertheless, A Separation is indeed very fantastic. Beautiful performed and crafted, the beauty of the central conflict is that no one side is demonised. Even if Leila Hatami's Simin sometimes comes off as selfish and a bad mother, it's hard not to see where she's coming from in her position as a wife being slowly suffocated. You can see the logic in everybody's motivations, from the daughter who debates with herself over the potential of her father lying, to the woman who becomes intricately involved with the divorcing couple. At the heart of Asghar Farhadi's movie are the "separations", not just of the divorcing couple at the forefront, but the separation of heart and logic, religion and work, family and truth. There could have been several different films made about each of the plots that circulate throughout, but Farhadi's exceptional handling of the intricate plotting and the cast's dialogue delivery that seemingly just rolls off of their tongues make it all feel vital and necessary. It demands to be seen. A-

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.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hello Glenn, Thanks for the pass - got it in the mail yesterday!! Looking forward to it ... Thanks, Robert M