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'A Separation': Kenneth Turan's film pick of the week

January 5, 2012 |  1:56 pm

Leila Hatami, left, and Peyman Moadi star in "A Separation," Kenneth Turan's film pick of the week
Don't wait too long to see "A Separation," an exceptional film from Iran. If you care enough about foreign language films to have heard about this particular gem, don't hold back until all your friends have told you how good it is and put a crimp in your pleasure.

Instead, see it now and relish a thrilling domestic drama that offers acute insights into human motivations and behavior as well as a glimpse behind the curtain separating us from daily life in that country's capital city of Tehran.

Imagine Alfred Hitchcock's intricate attention to plot joined to the devastating emotional impact of Ingmar Bergman: The result is exhilerating enough to be the first foreign language film to win the L.A. Film Critics'  screenplay nod. Go to Laemmle's Royal in West Los Angeles and see exactly why.


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-- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times film critic

Photo: Leila Hatami, left, and Peyman Moadi star in "A Separation." Credit: Habib Madjid / Associated Press/Sony Pictures Classics

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