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A Separation (2011)

Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery | 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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Cast

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Nader (as Peyman Moadi)
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Sarina Farhadi ...
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Miss Ghahraii
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Shirin Yazdanbakhsh ...
Simin's Mother
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Azam (as Sahabanu Zolghadr)
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Woman in the Bus
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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

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Ugly truth, sweet lies See more »

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Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Trivia

The director's daughter, Sarina Farhadi, who plays Termeh, shared the Best Actress (ensemble) Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. 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

Hodjat: Why do you think we beat our wives and children like animals?
Hodjat: I swear on this Qoran, we're humans just like you.
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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.24 (2011) See more »

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Do yourself a favor - make sure you see this movie
2 September 2011 | by See 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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