I watched ‘A Separation’ last night. I thought this was one of the ‘realest’ movies I’d seen in a while. The multiplicity of perspectives causes the viewers to continue questioning the morality of the characters’ beliefs and behaviors.
Something I really liked about this film was its low-key style. The camera very much had the quality of the ‘fly on the wall’ perspective, allowing the viewer a sense of neutrality towards the characters and events.
It is appreciated when a film does not aim for sentimentality or moral righteousness, but simply allows life’s complexities play out like they really do: with plenty shades of gray and subjective justifications.
I plan on viewing Asghar Farhadi’s earlier works, and definitely recommend this to anybody who wants to see visually understated, contemporary cinema that isn’t attempting to pull any tricks.