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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first film to win three Bears from the Berlin International Film Festival. 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 »


Nader: Don't you ever think why you wanna leave this country? 'Cause every time you face a trouble, you give in. Rather than confront it.
Simin: Sorry, it hasn't been a week since I left, and look what happened!
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Referenced in Final de partida: Los premios Óscar (2012) See more »

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thoughtful, brilliant film
2 December 2011 | by (Stroud, UK) – See all my reviews

This is the first Iranian film I've seen, and I'm recommending it to every-one I know. It is so well-crafted; the twists of the plot throw up new moral dilemmas for all the protagonists, which are explored sensitively and without judgement - so refreshingly unlike mainstream American films. I felt sympathy for all the characters, even the threatening Hodjat, full of misplaced rage which often erupts volcanically. And as a footnote, the film felt like an intimate view into a society that our news media portray as monochromatic and extremely foreign. (I am writing this a few days after the UK embassy in Tehran was ransacked)

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