(Iran/France - 2011)
Written and directed by Asghar Farhadi. Cast: Leila Hatami, Peyman Moadi, Sareh Bayet, Shahab Hosseini, Sarina Farhadi, Ali-Asghar Shahbazi, Kimia Hosseini, Babak Kirimi. (PG-13, 123 mins)
This year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner is deserving of all accolades, a powerful, gut-wrenching examination of a situation that spirals beyond what any of the participants thought possible (when reminded he said the predicament wasn't serious, all one character can say is "It got serious"). Writer/director Asghar Farhadi's film takes place in an Islamic world run by religious law, but it's not a critique, it never panders, it never politicizes, and it never takes a side. No one in the film is completely right and no one is completely wrong. It's a compassionate film with characters doing what they believe is right. It's a complex film of many ambiguities and gray areas that will have you thinking about it and debating it long after viewing. It's a great film, and a very moving, very human drama.
|Leila Hatami as Simin|
|Nader (Peyman Moadi) and his father (Ali-Asghar Shahbazi)|
|Hodjat (Shahab Hosseini) and Razieh (Sareh Bayet)|
|18-year-old Sarina Farhadi as 11-year-old Termeh. 11?!|
|Kimia Hosseini as Someyah|