A Sepa­ra­tion’s trou­ble and strife

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

As­ghar Farhadi’s A Sepa­ra­tion, a tale of mar­i­tal strife from Iran, has been pick­ing up gongs wher­ever it goes. It won the Golden Bear at the Ber­lin Film Fes­ti­val. It has a Golden Globe and is nom­i­nated for an Os­car. But sources close to the Ira­nian lead­er­ship are start­ing to get antsy about the film’s suc­cess. Ma­soud Ferasati, a writer who sup­ports the regime, ap­peared on state-spon­sored tele­vi­sion to spout: “The im­age of our so­ci­ety that A Sepa­ra­tion de­picts is the dirty picture western­ers are wish­ing for.” With all this talk of “dirty” pic­tures one can’t help but think of Ire­land in the 1970s. Let’s hope that Michelle Wil­liams has ditched that lit­tle-old-lady cos­tume she was wear­ing at the Golden Globes. Ooo! Saucer of milk for Reel News, please.

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