It got serious

A_SeparationIt’s been a long time coming but we finally, FINALLY, got round to watching A Separation. Back in 2012, when we were worrying about Mayan Calendars, London Olympics and Gangnam Style (what a year that was) young Philip Rose recommended we watch A Separation, the first Iranian film to win an Oscar and the critical darling of 2011.

Immeditately we sprang into action. After waiting only 6 months Lewis ordered the film off LoveFilm. Just 7 months later Lewis watched it. Barely two months went by and then I watched it. 101 Films at its most efficient!

Ok, so we were rubbish. The problem was that we just were never in the mood to watch a two hour (subtitled) Iranian film about divorce and the effect it has on the people around the couple. I watched and enjoyed the film and even now that description makes my heart sink a bit. I guess Lew and I are becoming shallow in our old age.

We did enjoy the film though, if finding it a bit hard going, and we hope you enjoy our podcast (we appreciate they can be hard going too).

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Anyway, without further ado, let us present our feature presentation:

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101 Films Podcast 068 – A Separation

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Director:  Asghar Farhadi  Year of release: 2011  Studio/Distributor: Filmiran, Sony Pictures Classics  Country: Iran

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