What is truth? What is lie? When one lies? Why lie at all? Is lying under oath worse than silence? What about telling white lies? will GOD punish if one tells a white lie? What about telling a lie to save a marriage, or what about telling the truth and separate? Does class status influence one’s choice? in other words, does upper middle-class people tell bigger lies and keep more secrets, while its lower class counterparts lie mostly to survive,or put food on the table? Does doing the right things mean suffering in silence and being emotionless, or does it mean being manipulative and constantly seeking the win-win? What about parents tell their kid to lie? Does kid always tell the truth? At what age a kid will understand the concept of lying?
What is a fair trial? Is fair trial a western concept? Is Iranian judicial system a mess? or is it better? What if a tourist commits a crime there? No defending lawyers, no jurors, will he be fairly tried? Is it better a system where you find your proofs, and defend yourself? How about anyone can bring a claim to the prefecture anytime, and one has to defend oneself? Don’t they work, i.e., where is the time to constantly show up or worse being jailed? Is it all about money at the end of the day? or is it about the covenant with GOD?
Is the kid best to decide which parent to pick in a separation? Doesn’t that force her choose to betray? Is that fair that she has to pick side? How does she know if she has been told the truth or been manipulated? Why does she has to decide, especially when she did not start the separation? Is that fair?
What about marriage? Does stand-by your hot-tempered husband a given in a marriage, even if he can kill you being dishonoured? Does religion trump your husband, even if you will save the day in the secular world? Does equally educated people fall out of love? Does middle-class equate independence, freedom and free-will? or does middle-class mean money solves all problems?
Lots of questions when we immerse in a different culture, and we are desperate to find answers in the subtitle: interpreted and translated. (but… anyway in western world, we are just too busy to ask these questions! Why bother when we have hockey, football, golf, stock markets, smartphone to deal with daily). That was my reaction mesmerized with this 123 mins (IMDb) movie. A woman(Simin), an English teacher, and a man (Nader),a banker, sitting and talking to a face-less judge,who asks them why they want to divorce? Simin has all intention to leave the country with her family and starts a new life; Nader sees no reason to turn his back against his country; besides, he also has a fragile father(Ali-Asghar Shahbazi) with Alzheimer to take care. What about the daugther, Termeh (Sarina Farhadi)? does she agree? They separate.
You will be the judge! RENT it, I think it is interesting as a story, especially like me ignorant of Islamic culture. If you also loves to analyse, WATCH it before it got yanked!
- One marriage, under Allah (chicagoreader.com)