Friday, January 27, 2012

A Separation


Few films have received as rave reviews in 2011 as this Iranian film.  It's won way too many nominations and awards to name, including the Best Foreign Language Film at both the Golden Globes and the Critics Choice Movie Awards.  It played many prestigious festivals including Berlin, Cannes, Telluride, and Toronto.  And it has a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  But, as always, I have to keep it real.  I don't get the hoopla.  It's an OK film, don't get me wrong.  But I don't see what's so special about it.

Life is hard.  Bad things happen.  People are cruel.  These truisms are universal.  And this film explores them around one man dealing with his alzheimers stricken father, a wife who wants a divorce, and an accusation made by an employee.  The story is told honestly and believably.  But it's just not completely engaging or significant.  It's just OK.  Personally I think this, along with 'The Artist', are the bandwagons of 2011 that all critics feel the need to hop on.  Here, at 'Flieder on Film', I always keep it real.  'The Artist' is a good movie and you should see it.  This one's fine, but you needn't go out of your way.

Grade: C+

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