Among the seven deadly sins, pride doesn’t rank very high as the basis for great films; lust, greed, and wrath have certainly earned the most screen time over the years, and even envy and gluttony have been at the root of a number of popular movies, but sloth and pride are tied for last. Yet Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi has created one of the definitive portraits of the destructive nature of pride in his masterful fifth feature, A Separation
. Nearly all of the characters in A Separation
are motivated by a profoundly arrogant need to deny their failings, and their passionate refusals to compromise threaten to ruin the lives of those around them. Whil...