Thursday, 5 April 2012


After seeing the Oscar-winning Iranian film A Separation, I was intrigued to see that the latest Persephone letter claims that its links with Dorothy Whipple are 'self-evident.'

Hmmm ... not to me they weren't, although I suppose you could make some convoluted connection with Someone At A Distance if you were really determined.

Has anybody else seen it? It was certainly a very good film.

2 comments:

Kay Clifton said...

Sad to say, I saw it and didn't like it. I thought that there were too many emotional crises piled one on another. I also felt that the ending was maddening and manipulative. Whom do you think the daughter chose and why?

mary said...

Hello, Kay, I'm so glad you dropped in to comment as nobody I know has seen this. Well, I know what you mean ... it was one thing after another, and I found it hard fully to believe that the car had hit her. (Gosh, that was a spoiler, sorry!)
I thought there was still some hope at the end - not much, but a bit. But I suppose if the daughter was forced to choose, I think she'd have chosen her father despite seeing his flaws and maybe not even wanting to choose him. What do you think?
I suppose it is manipulative, making the audience decide - but I did think it was clever. And so much more satisfying than an Americanised redemptive ending.