- By Leonard Maltin
- December 29, 2011 10:31 PM
- 8 Comments
Habib Madjidi ©, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
What can you say about a film that is so vividly real, and so intense, that it holds you spellbound for two hours, without letup? A Separation
, written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, would be superior filmmaking under any circumstances. That it also enables Western audiences to relate to its Iranian characters as people—not as political enemies or faceless statistics—is an equally great achievement.