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

 -  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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Cast

Credited cast:
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Sareh Bayat ...
Razieh
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Hojjat
Sarina Farhadi ...
Merila Zare'i ...
Miss Ghahraii
Ali-Asghar Shahbazi ...
Nader's Father
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Somayeh
Shirin Yazdanbakhsh ...
Sahabanu Zolghadr ...
Azam
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Shirin Azimiyannezhad ...
Woman in the Bus
Hamid Dadju ...
Creditor
Mohammad Ebrahimian ...
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Storyline

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 »

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

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16 March 2011 (Iran)  »

Also Known As:

Nader and Simin, a Separation  »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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 »

Goofs

(at around 1h 40 mins) when Simin and Hojjat's sister are talking to Hojjat,the fan behind Hojjat is on at first, but in next scenes its off and facing a different angle. See more »

Quotes

Nader: What is wrong is wrong, no matter who said it or where it's written.
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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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