A Separation is the first Iranian film to win an Oscar. It is a story of a family where mother and father are on a verge of a divorce, the grandfather is suffering with alzheimer’s disease, and their 11 year old daughter is forced to be torn between the two of her parents.
What I think won an Oscar for this film is the way culture is explored in the narrative, both in terms of women’s’ role in the Iranian society, the conflict of social class, as well as the role of religion in people’s lives and decision-making.
This is the second film I’ve seen by Kiarostami after Where is the Friend’s House? Ten years have gone by, the topic here is darker.
For the previous film I analyzed the narrative and the style of storytelling. Today I will look at the dialogue and the expression of the dialogue through cinematic means.
Three act structure: setup, confrontation, resolution.
“It’s irrefutable and bulletproof, so to speak.”Elements of Cinema
I will analyze how the story of Where is the Friend’s House by Abbas Kiarostami does and does not adhere to this bulletproof structure and how in general its narrative structure functions.