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A Separation

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Bernadette Tedesco

on 31 July 2015

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Transcript of A Separation

A Separation

Nadar's father
Miss Ghahraii
The Judge
Termeh's main conflict is an internal one related to familial concerns - Primarily how can she chose between two parents whom she obviously loves?
She is the ultimate bystander in
these conflicts, observing the
actions of her mother and father and weighing her desire to keep her family together with the desire to do the right thing.
As the child caught in the middle, some
may consider her the main victim of this
primary conflict, as her parents fall from the
moral pedestals she had placed them on.

The final conflict
of the film is left unresolved for the audience - which parent does Termeh chose to go with? Which parent does she award victory to, even through either choice will make her the loser? Write this final scene of the film, exploring what she sees to be the causes, consequences and coping strategy behind her decision.
The need for divorce comes about because Nadar will not leave Iran, because he does not want to abandon his sick father. Nadar is left with an impossible choice - his wife or his father. Which role is more important: father, husband or son?

This need to care for his father also means that he has to hire Razieh to look after him while Nadar is at work. Razieh's neglect of Nadar's father initially causes the his conflict with Razieh and her husband.

Nadar is portrayed as a good man and a good father who believes he is being unfairly blamed and manipulated by his wife and later by Razieh. In his fear and urgency to clear his name, he compromises himself and reveals a stubborn side that causes his daughter to question his honesty.

He embodies the idea that
conflict often causes people to compromise their morals.
Legal proceedings bookend the film.
We are placed in the role of the judge, just as Farhadi sees himself in this role: 'I try to be unbiased and just'
Sharia Law: Theocracy
Glasl's Nine-Stage Model Of Conflict Escalation
Alzheimer's disease takes away pieces of a loved one, sneaking up little by little until one day, family members cannot recognize the person any more. http://www.socialworktoday.com/archive/012610p10.shtml
This movie offers such a realistic depiction of Alzheimer’s disease and the toll it takes on not only the person who has it, but on the family and caregivers. It also is interesting to see how people in another country try to cope with having a loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease and come to the conclusion that we face common challenges. You find yourself sympathizing with the characters in the movie and realize that there’s not going to be an easy solutions for the critical decisions they face. - See more at: http://www.healthcentral.com/alzheimers/c/727598/159681/separation-alzheimer/#sthash.aJrZnvOi.dpuf
Simin: Does he even realize you are his son?
Nader: I know he is my father!
PROMPT: The powerful are never really hurt by conflict, only the vulnerable.
In 'A Separation', who are the powerful and who are the vulnerable? Are they affected differently by the various conflicts? How does the director get us to feel about theses characters?
How do you see the role of the law in terms of resolving conflict?
Prompt: 'Differences in religion and social status will always lead to conflict'
PROMPT: 'When conflict arises, it is impossible not to take a side.'
Some leave this film thinking that Simin is to blame for all that ended up happening - that if she hadn't demanded a divorce and left the home, then none of the other problems would have occurred.
Blame is a common response to conflict, as we seek to explain why things occurred and how they could have been prevented. The fact is
we nearly always blame others in times of conflict
Think about this in the context of 'A Separation' and finish these statements:
* Simin thinks that if Nader hadn’t have... then…
* Nader thinks that if Simin hadn’t have… then…
* Razieh thinks that if Hojjat hadn’t have... then…
* Hojjat thinks that if Razieh hadn’t have... then…
* Termeh thinks that if ... hadn’t have... then…
Reference: 'How To Teach A Separation' A Ticking Mind Resource
Write a letter from Miss Gharaei to Termeh explaining why she changed her testimony.
PROMPT: Conflict of conscience can be just as difficult as conflict between people'

Write a comparative essay comparing how 'A Separation' deals with the complex issues and conflicts caused by divorce compared to the way 'Hollywood' often portrays this conflict.
'Conflict is rarely resolved'
Rank the characters by who we like most, who we think is more powerful, and who is most effected by conflict
For a western audience, Razieh's religious devoutness is striking. Yet her righteousness clashes her narrative in this film which is built on a lie – that Nader caused her miscarriage. How do her religious beliefs exaccerbate the conflicts she faces? Does religion make this conflict worse or better?
Write a creative story from the perspective of Somayeh at the age of 20 reflecting back on the impact these conflicts have on the course of her life.
“You know, my problem is that I can't speak like them.”
Write the internal monologue of the father, looking at the conflicts from his perspective.

"Who said
you could touch my wife?
If honor's not
important for
you, it is for
"Like you
believe in
and the
"I've lost everything. You think I fear jail? You should fear
"I swear on this Qoran, we're human just like you."
"It'll be my sin..."
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