A Separation

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“I have a religious question.” So says an Iranian housekeeper after dialing a hotline in A Separation, a Foreign Language Film Oscar winner. If only it were that easy. A Separation traces how a couple’s divorce leads to an imperfect storm of good intentions, bad choices, selfishness, and misplaced dignity, including on the part of that housekeeper. The movie recognizes that moral clarity is never a matter of black and white, even (perhaps especially) when religion is involved. Christians can be comforted that we have a clear way to proceed when life gets knotty: with grace, the way of Christ. On DVD and Blu-ray August 21. (Sony Classics)

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