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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:

Ugly truth, sweet lies 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:

IRR 1,023,080,000 (Iran), 18 March 2011

Opening Weekend USA:

$59,481, 1 January 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,098,492

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,426,169
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As of 2015, the first Iranian film to be included in the IMDb Top 250. See more »

Goofs

Although Razieh had gone to the doctor to see if her baby is still alive a few hours before she was beaten by Nader, the judge never asked her about the result of medical check. Also after medical examination, it should be clear for Razieh to know about the situation of her baby unless she couldn't reach the doctor at the time. See more »

Quotes

Simin: Your daughter's future isn't important to you?
Judge: There are a lot of children who live in this country. You say none of them have a future?
Simin: I prefer my child doesn't grow up in this situation. I have the right as a mother.
Judge: Which situation?
[Simin doesn't reply to him... ]
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You be the judge...
24 March 2011 | by hideous_strangerSee all my reviews

I'm an Iranian, but I've never been interested in Iranian cinema. I only watch Iranian films when they win awards or receive international recognition. I'm a fan of Kiarostami and Majidi, but I can't really say that I like all of their films. I watched Farhady's previous film (About Elly) about a year ago, and the first thing which struck me was how culturally detached the movie was in its depiction of an event. At the time, I believed this to have been the cause of this director's success. Watching Nader and Simin, however, proved that I was terribly mistaken.

Asghar Farhady's obsession with the concept of judgment is once again the driving force behind his latest feature. The life-like depiction of the Iranian courtroom (which is in no way impartial) places the audience in the Judge's seat from the very beginning. The extremely believable acting and insanely complex script compel the viewer to make up his/her mind just like when reading a court case. As for the screenplay, I'm almost certain the events in this film actually happened in real life, because in no way could one fabricate such a chaotically complex series of events, so beautifully woven into a coherent whole.

Despite being very Iranian in its narrative style and its depiction of Iranian culture (the sanctity of Family, faith, commitment towards parents and married life), I believe that this film could easily appeal to the Western audiences just like a film by Inaritu or Haneke (although I'm pretty sure it won't be nominated for an Oscar for political reasons).

After seeing About Elly, I thought Farhady's success was just a one-time fling, but coming out of the theater, having watched Nader and Simin, I was proud to have another Iranian director added to my international list of favorites.


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