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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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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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Interrogator
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Somayeh
Shirin Yazdanbakhsh ...
Sahabanu Zolghadr ...
Azam
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mohammadhasan Asghari ...
Creditor
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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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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Iran's official submission for the Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards (2012). 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

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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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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