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A Separation (2011)

Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 16 March 2011 (Iran)
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A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.

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Asghar Farhadi

Writer:

Asghar Farhadi
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Cast

Credited cast:
Payman Maadi ... Nader (as Peyman Moadi)
Leila Hatami ... Simin
Sareh Bayat ... Razieh
Shahab Hosseini ... Hojjat
Sarina Farhadi Sarina Farhadi ... Termeh
Merila Zare'i ... Miss Ghahraii
Ali-Asghar Shahbazi ... Nader's Father
Babak Karimi ... Interrogator
Kimia Hosseini ... Somayeh
Shirin Yazdanbakhsh Shirin Yazdanbakhsh ... Simin's Mother
Sohibanoo Zolqadr Sohibanoo Zolqadr ... Azam (as Sahabanu Zolghadr)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mohammadhasan Asghari Mohammadhasan Asghari ... Creditor
Shirin Azimiyannezhad Shirin Azimiyannezhad ... Woman in the Bus
Hamid Dadju Hamid Dadju ... Creditor
Mohammad Ebrahimian Mohammad Ebrahimian ... Judge
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Storyline

Nader (Payman Maadi) and Simin (Leila Hatami) argue about living abroad. Simin prefers to live abroad to provide better opportunities for their only daughter, Termeh. However, Nader refuses to go because he thinks he must stay in Iran and take care of his father (Ali-Asghar Shahbazi), who suffers from Alzheimers. However, Simin is determined to get a divorce and leave the country with her daughter. Written by Amin Davoodi

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Lies may lead to truth. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Iran | France

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

16 March 2011 (Iran) See more »

Also Known As:

A Separation See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$59,481, 1 January 2012

Gross USA:

$7,098,492

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,426,169
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The first Iranian film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. See more »

Goofs

When Simin and Hojjat's sister are talking to Hojjat, the fan behind Hojjat is on at first, but off and facing a different angle in subsequent scenes. See more »

Quotes

Simin: He
[Nader's Father]
Simin: doesn't even know who you are.
Nader: He does not know me but i know that he is my father.
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User Reviews

 
Do yourself a favor - make sure you see this movie
2 September 2011 | by krisroxSee all my reviews

Caught "A Separation" in Amsterdam last night, fully unprepared for its greatness. I hadn't been swept off my feet for a while, but this Iranian Hitchcockian drama sucked us in for 123 minutes and left us very, very impressed.

I'm mainly writing this review to assure every non-Iranian IMDb-reader that you absolutely SHOULD see "A Separation". I will be shocked if this movie doesn't win an Academy Award. The acting is great, and the script is probably the best I've seen in five years. The genius of Asghar Farhadi's story is that it piles on the tension and drama without resorting to fireworks, trickery or shock and awe plot effects. It also manages to perfectly balance the plights of several protagonists. Very few screenwriters have this capacity.

If this movie reminds me of anything, it is "Ladri di Biciclette" (Bicycle Thieves), which has a similar seemingly "simple" story setup. But then "A Separation" is much more developed, much more complex, much richer. Go see it.


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