A Separation review

Two contrasting sides of modern Iran are explored in this riveting drama

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Two hours speed by in this densely plotted, morally complex marital drama from writer-director Asghar Farhadi, which brings together two very different sides of contemporary Iran.

We first meet secular middle-class couple Simin (Leila Hatami) and Nader (Peyman Moaadi) in a divorce hearing involving their 11-year-old daughter.

Yet the lives of this family are rocked when the father is accused of murder, following an argument with devout, pregnant homehelp Razieh (Sareh Bayat).

Impressively shot and acted, A Separation refuses to judge its characters: everyone here has their reasons.

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