Great acting and storyline. However, the translation is haphazard and intermittent, which makes it hard to understand all the nuances.
Powerful film making. This does require the viewer to relax and adjust to a different culture. There are a lot of angry people in this film, all of them adults. The actual separation is not the central issue. It is about how people get into problematic situations and how they struggle to resolve them. It is about children being aware and adults not really appreciating them. Parents putting their children into difficult situations. Not an easy film to watch but worthwhile.
We only saw the first 30 mins and then gave up. It's a depressing tale anyway - one about divorce but it's also subtitled from Arabic and appears to be just two people arguing.
This 2012 Oscar winner would be very worth seeing as a companion piece to Argo showing what life is like in modern Iran and what the political atmosphere of the late 1970s early 1980s has led to for its population. Well acted real human drama - the decision of the young girl is not shown at the end but perhaps that is the point. It shows the constant tension people live under in that country.
An insight to another culture, very interesting movie
Pleasant and watchable. Nice little tale, perhaps reserved for a Sunday afternoon. Subtitles were a little fast and had my finger on the pause button throughout the movie just to read them. Or maybe I'm a little slow?
Excellent movie. It won the Academy Award for best foreign movie.
This is brilliant cinema, I could not leave the seat all through, rivetting. Continuity was brilliant, no real jumps, felt as if all in one shot almost. Detailed storyline, all plausible and gel'd beautifully. And such a human story .... our frailties. I think all lied and no one could be blamed for doing so. In the closing scene did the young lady chose between her parents, did her parents reconcile and stay with her, did they migrate or remain? This one will stick to the ribs. I want to know.
A slice of life drama that may test the patience of some. Great believable performances across the cast and a great insight into another countries justice systems.
Different from what I expected but it was entertaining enough to watch the whole movie. I almost gave up several times. It was ok.
An Iranian story of separation. Complicated through an incident that happens between the male leads father and his carer. A great insight into Iranian life, a touching story that has enough tension to keep you interested through to the end.
Interesting movie with subtitles..worth watching
Incredible performances in this film. It is a marvelous movie.
very interesting drama from Iran. a bit unusual. excellent story. a bit sad, but feels like real life, not fancy hollywood blockbuster. interesting cultural insight into country otherwise I would never know anything of.
I expected this to be one of those critically-acclaimed films where I respect the artistry involved but admire it from a distance, like an oil painting. Instead I was thoroughly engrossed by this fantastically constructed drama, which starts simply enough but becomes more layered and multi-faceted as it continues. Farhadi manages to comment on class, honor, marriage and the justice system, but without letting any one element overwhelm the film. A great achievement.
Subtitles were intermittent - could not follow - very weird!
much better than I expected. Very different from the description. Wish they had given more closure with the ending.
Excellent performances and the storyline ended up being about something quite different from what I expected. However, I dread unresolved storylines with too many questions left up in the air and for this reason, I almost rated it "bad".
Very emotional. Excellent acting.
A separated couple find the going tough in more ways than one. An Iranian movie that shows more maturity and insight into life issues faced by families than most Western films dealing with similar issues put together. The other thing which makes this film standout is that it doesn’t offer easy answers and is multi-layered.
Very interesting glimpse of Iranian society. Found it a little slow and the story wasn't very inspiring. Didn't really have any deep meaning or intrigue
Superb film, excellent performances and a fine director.
Be prepared for a real talkie. This one is all character driven but it's fascinating none the less. This is basically a story of a break up and how it affects the extended family and hired help. Things happen that you don't see on screen and it adds to the intrigue. I was most interested in life on the streets of Tehran though. A wonderful glimpse into Iranian life. I'd recommend only if you're up for dialogue.
Not a feel good movie but quality work and enjoyable to watch. I was most interested in the glimpses the movie gave of the Iranian lifestyle, education system and legal system.
Moving and an interesting view of where uncontrolled anger can get you.
Unfortunately the disc was faulty. Nevertheless what I saw of the movie showed it as very depressing and 'typical' of a husband/wife splitup, which is overshadowed by the husband feeling obliged to care for his senile father in the family home, the wife not caring for that at all (somewhat justifiably), and seeing her selfishly trying to take their child from him and take off for better pastures. The carer the husband engages is not up to the task and this causes more problems than they all can handle. Not enjoyable viewing
Serious melodrama from Iran (winner of the best foreign film Oscar last year) that is also a mystery story, a courtroom drama, a Rashomon-like tale of multiple conflicting viewpoints, and a reflection on lying, truth, and morality. Shot in a style more appropriate for documentaries captured on the fly (which is also a strategy used by other Iranians in the past, such as Kiarostami), Asghar Farhadi conceals telling details from us even as he chooses to show other intimate moments. This is after all a view into a relationship that is falling apart. Often heart and gut wrenching but nevertheless intellectually teasing, this time Oscar got it right.
EXCELLENT MOVIE, GREAT ACTING BY ALL THE CAST.
ENDING UNSATISFYING THOUGH
One for the movie buffs. Firstly SUBTITLES they are ok but detract as you would expect from the powerful story about relationship between a husband and wife, however you still you get the message. Started off very slowly, be patient, set in Tehran which was very interesting in its self, seeing the different standard of living, the hardships, and the strong religious culture. Once into the story it really held your interest, the injustice sometimes of the chaotic court system, the pressure that can be applied to witnesses, the acceptance of blood money, and the love a son has for his Father. The importance of telling the truth to some. All quality drama. I will not spoil the ending but I was a little disappointed. In summary recommended for a DIFFERENT night's entertainment.
Another excellent foreign film which really gave an insight into how people of all ethnicities and religions face similar problems in their personal relationships. It just seems that in their particular culture/religion things can be a bit harder, although no doubt the way "justice" is meted out sometimes works better than the court system in the western world.
Superb. Beautifully constructed drama about a family under pressure in a society gone 'mad'.
This film is a powerful, complex and thought provoking Iranian drama, and to my mind, a must see.
Something very different but a nice story
Slow but very well made
I really enjoyed this movie, very well acted , interesting story line, and the best part it was different. If you want a change from American rubbish, you will like this.
Totally insufficient sub-titles. Gave up as no idea what going on.
A heavy tale that is well acted and filmed
Compelling viewing! brilliant script, a must see
Wife leaves husband, but with unintended consequences. Where this movie is going doesn't become clear for a long while until it becomes a legal matter. At that stage there are various perceptions of what actually happened. The most interesting aspects of the movie are the depictions of everyday life in Tehran and the workings of the Iranian justice system. The courts seem rather chaotic, with people waiting and hanging about, but this may not be that different to anywhere else.
I was surprised and totally bowled over by how much I liked this movie. Not everybody would find this film entertaining it still is intriguing and thought provoking.
An even-handed family drama set in modern Iran. There are no goodies and baddies as all of the characters try to manipulate the situation to achieve their own ends. There is lots of squabbling and confrontation as the film-maker shows us the inadequacy of his culture to solve the issues that arise. The system of justice is inadequate, the social conventions are inadequate, and the religious rules are inadequate. It's a thought-provoking movie that raises some interesting issues but it leaves some ends hanging and ultimately is not particularly entertaining.
Real and incredible sense of honesty