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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

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Ugly truth, sweet lies 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 film was released under the name "The Separation of Nader and Simin" in Iran. 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 »


Termeh: If you knew she was pregnant, why did you hit her?
Nader: Look, I did know she was pregnant, but in that moment I didn't, I had forgotten, This matter was not on my mind at all
Termeh: Well... well go tell these exact things to them
[to the Interrogator]
Nader: My dear, the Law doesn't understand such things, It says either you knew or you didn't... Look at me! if you want me to go and tell them I will do this right off
Termeh: ...
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Do yourself a favor - make sure you see this movie
2 September 2011 | by (Netherlands) – 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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