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A Separation (2011)



Critic Consensus: Morally complex, suspenseful, and consistently involving, A Separation captures the messiness of a dissolving relationship with keen insight and searing intensity.

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Set in contemporary Iran, A Separation is a compelling drama about the dissolution of a marriage. Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. Simin sues for divorce when Nader refuses to leave behind his Alzheimer-suffering father. Her request having failed, Simin returns to her parents' home, but Termeh decides to stay with Nader. When Nader hires a young woman to assist with his father in his wife's absence, he hopes that his life will return to a normal state. However, when he discovers that the new maid has been lying to him, he realizes that there is more on the line than just his marriage. -- (C) Sony Pictures Classics

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Babak Karimi
as Interrogator
Ali-Asghar Shahbazi
as Nader's Father
Shirin Yazdanbakhsh
as Simin's Mother
Merila Zarei
as Miss Ghahraii
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Critic Reviews for A Separation

All Critics (174) | Top Critics (51)

You cannot watch the film without feeling kinship with the characters and admitting their decency as well as their mistakes.

June 19, 2013 | Full Review…

Dynamically shot and paced like a thriller, the film has the density and moral prickliness of a good novel.

March 7, 2012 | Full Review…

These people seem so real they might live next door. And they probably do.

February 23, 2012 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…

"A Separation" is a plaintive fable of the human condition that unites us.

February 17, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Very few movies capture as convincingly as A Separation does the ways in which seemingly honorable decisions can lead to interpersonal conflict -- even disaster.

February 10, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4

To say the piercing Iranian film A Separation is about divorce is a bit like saying The Wizard of Oz is about a pair of slippers.

February 9, 2012 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Separation

Iran's cinema it's terrific, so I must see this too.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


A compelling drama full of nuances and with many unexpected twists in a story in which all of the characters have solid reasons for their actions, which makes it nearly impossible to judge them for what they do - and it should certainly grow on you after more viewings.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Writer-Director Farhadi has stated that this movie is about the process of judgement, and he succeeds. From the very first scene, we understand the stalemate between a husband and a wife seeking divorce in front of a representative of the state. They had plans to leave Iran, and just as the bureaucratic process grants them able, the husband's father has become so chronically ill that his son refuses to leave him. The wife wants her 11 year old to grow up in a better environment, and the visa granting her ability to leave will end in 40 days. It's hard to find fault in either one's wishes, really quite the opposite. The complications of the husband now being a single father and taking responsibility for his own father result in one tragic situation after another. "A Separation" continues with razor-sharp writing, both in plot development and in dialogue, as each character navigates the people and forces in their lives in a very arduous situation.

Matthew Slaven
Matthew Slaven

Super Reviewer

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