I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the role religion plays in the film. Many of the characters are very devout, and Islam is a constant presence in their lives. They make decisions based on the teachings of the Quran and attempt to abide by its principles. The problem is that their interpretations of these principles differ, largely due to their personal situations. God must be on someone’s side, after all.
Is it any different here? In Iran, an unborn child is considered a person, and a miscarriage caused by someone else’s hand is murder. Mississippi has tried to define life as beginning at conception. If “A Separation” is an accurate depiction of Iranian life, then the country is as similar to the U.S. as it is different. It seems to me that we need more films from Iran, more examples of the lives of her people. We need to see our similarities; the more we separate them, the easier they are to demonize.
Like the characters in the film, neither of us can see all ends. Talking honestly may eliminate unnecessary misery.
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