This film illuminates the provocative narrative of the conflict between two families illustrating the difficulties of Iranian society.
It begins with Simin and Nader having a dispute. Simin wants a divorce because Nader won’t emigrate for a better life for their child, Termeh. While Nader argues that he has an obligation to stay in order to take care of his father, who has Alzheimer. After Simin leaves the family apartment, Nader finds help from Razieh, who is pregnant and has a four-year-old child, to care for his father while he is out of the apartment. It becomes clear that the job is stressful on her pregnancy and conflicts with her religion. Furthermore, Razieh’s husband doesn’t know she is working in Nader’s home without his wife present.
The situation progresses once Nader is accused of beating Razieh resulting in a miscarriage. This leads to a dispute between Nader and Razieh’s husband, illustrating a class differences between the two families. The conflict continues as more individuals are pulled into this legal confrontation between the two families. And further tension surrounding Simin and Nader’s separation is stressed throughout the film as the dynamic of their family is challenged through the extent they go to in order to keep the ones they love close and unharmed.
The plot is intriguing and the portrayal of the struggles of the characters, in a difficult situation where the film challenges morality, religion, truth and honour, is captivating. The acting of the children is an appealing aspect to the film, especially in watching how Termeh becomes a salient figure, as the burden of choice is left to her, while she watches everything unfold.
Unfortunately, there are no more showings of this film at VIFF. However, you can still enjoy the trailer here.