Film Review: A Separation


A Separation is one of those films which bring value to the meaning of authentic drama. It’s no wonder that the critically acclaimed project went on to win an Oscar, or that it was ranked by many critics as one of the best films from the year. This is frankly just not any film that’s great to watch. It’s one of those that comes as a classic in your lifetime. Every single aspect, from the simple narrative to the exemplary direction, makes you realise the power of humble storytelling. The sole creator of the film, Asghar Farhadi, not only writes an incredible story but also demonstrates his film making ability to showcase such vivid emotion attached to it.

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It’s a multifaceted story about a modest family, a meaningful glimpse into their complicated lives. It’s very rich in its theme but it strips itself from the artificial layers we have grown accustomed to. In its own terms, it is far from being grand in any spectacle, rather it is just a subtle yet powerful portrait of people, real human people. Even the law, known to be abided by everyone, plays a challenging role here that places a very different view on the relationship we have with it. The entire film is not melodrama in any typical sense, in fact it’s a revealing and truthful piece we all can universally relate to. The performances of the actors, the delivery of the dialogue, the morality in question, it all accounts superbly to the nature of the film. It is the sort of the craft that defines cinema. For once this is a film deserving of its hype and praise.



Ahmad Mohid

Ahmad Mohid serves as the senior editor for The Legal Maxim, overseeing the handling and publication of content. He is a native Lahori doing LLB (Hons) from Pakistan College of Law and has always found the subject of law to be logically fulfilling in knowledge. Reading has always been complementary to his interests and after years of enjoying paperbacks he has finally come to appreciate e-books. Other than making room for comics these days, he continues to look forward to finding good narratives in any form.


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