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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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Credited cast:
Sarina Farhadi ...
Merila Zare'i ...
Miss Ghahraii
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 »


Drama | Mystery

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?


In the opening credits, the two ID cards being photocopied belong to Hediyeh Tehrani and Hamid Farokhnezhad, the two actors who played a couple heading for divorce in Farhadi's previous film Fireworks Wednesday (2006). 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 »


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 #2.12 (2011) See more »

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Maybe the movie of the year
10 October 2011 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

And it comes from Iran. The first thing you read on the screen is "In the name of God". Well, anyway it's the best story, the best cutting, the best actors you've seen for long. And few films are that stomach-turning, although there's hardly any physical violence.

A wife wants to go abroad. Her husband can't because he wants to take of his senile father. The wife moves and the husband hires a woman to look after his father.

And then the screw turns, although most of the story takes place in everyday Iranian life. The center of it all is perhaps the daughter, who is nearly teared apart. But it takes time until you realize that. Anyway, I can almost guarantee you sit the film through, until the final post-texts has passed.

So amazingly clever.

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