A Separation

Posted on March 10, 2012


A Separation – Academy Award Best Foreign Film.  I haven’t seen any of the other nominees but this is very deserving.  It’s billed as being about an Iranian woman who wants to move to another country to give their daughter a better life and her husband who feels it necessary to stay with his father who has Alzheimer’s.  It’s so much more than that. 

 A pregnant woman with her young daughter comes to work as a caretaker for the elderly father.  In Iran, it’s not considered acceptable for a woman to be in the home of a now single man without her husband’s permission.  She tries to get her unemployed, hot-tempered husband to take over but he’s unable to because of various circumstances.  Then “something happens” and it becomes a matter of who did what, who is lying, maybe everyone’s lying.  It’s almost a study of how Iranian men think about women and themselves.  It also contrasts how Iranian women deal with issues.  Although there’s a lot of seriousness here, there’s at least one scene I thought was hilarious – the little girl playing with the old man’s oxygen tank while he was  hooked to it.  Yes, she could have probably killed him but she didn’t.