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A Separation (2011)
"Jodaeiye Nader az Simin" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  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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Credited cast:
Sarina Farhadi ...
Merila Zare'i ...
Miss Ghahraii
Ali-Asghar Shahbazi ...
Nader's Father
Shirin Yazdanbakhsh ...
Sahabanu Zolghadr ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mohammadhasan Asghari ...
Shirin Azimiyannezhad ...
Woman in the Bus
Hamid Dadju ...
Mohammad Ebrahimian ...


Nader (Peyman Moaadi) 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


Lies may lead to truth. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

16 March 2011 (Iran)  »

Also Known As:

Nader and Simin, a Separation  »

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Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$59,481 (USA) (30 December 2011)


$7,098,492 (USA) (15 June 2012)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


Simin: Does he even realize you are his son?
Nader: I know he is my father!
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Referenced in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2013 (2013) See more »

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User Reviews

A Perfection
5 July 2011 | by (London, England, GB) – See all my reviews

If mainstream cinema leaves you soulless, see this film.

If you have a modicum of intelligence, see this film.

If you like great acting and directing, see this film.

If you like great writing and editing, see this film.

If you have an interest in law, see this film.

If you are a parent, see this film.

A Separation is not harrowing or depressing. Fear not as I did before. If you don't like subtitles, you will forget they are there. Do not read any more detailed reviews. Go without preconception. A Separation deserves all the plaudits it is getting and deserves a much wider audience. Minimalistic and economic, a Separation is one of the finest, most chiselled pieces of cinema of this millennium.

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