Raising, Not Answering, Provocative Questions

Movies: ‘A Separation’
Leila Hatami, left, and Peyman Maodi in “A Separation”

This stunning Iranian film, “A Separation,” by writer-director Asghar Farhadi, his fifth in nine years, won the 2012 Academy Award for best foreign film; but for my money it was simply the finest movie of the year.

It is so real that you feel you are watching life happening.

While our own politicians talk of bombing Iran, Farhadi reminds us that Iran is more than an abstraction or a problem in geopolitics. It is home to a people who endure the contradictions and absurdities of its theocracy while dealing with existential problems like people everywhere.

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