Published DateLACONIA — The Laconia Human Relations Committee in cooperation with the Laconia Public Library presents A Separation. This is another in the International Film Series to be shown on Monday, April 1 at 6:15 pm at the Laconia Public Library.
This is an intense Iranian drama, not of political tensions, but of family tensions. A present-day married couple is in the throes of splitting up. Their domestic problems can only be understood through the laws and social mores of Iran.
They want to leave Iran for the divorce but the husband is held back by the need to care for his father who has Alzheimer's. His wife refuses to continue to live in their home, so that their 11 year-old daughter is caught in the middle. A mystery gradually surrounds the family as they each try to find a way to live in peace.
Our current understanding of Iranian life is limited by what we read about the political tensions and threat of war between the U.S., and its allies, and Iran. Here we see family life that goes on daily in contemporary Iran.
A review by Matt Hinrichs says, "A Separation is an excellent instance where a film's script and performances are so compelling that one totally forgets it's a foreign-language film." This film was the winner of the 2012 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award.
The Laconia International Film Series is open free to everyone. Informal discussion follows the film. Light snacks are provided. Feel free to bring a cushion for comfort in viewing the movie.