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A Separation (2011) More at IMDbPro »Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (original title)

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A Separation -- A couple has to make a decision to leave Iran to better the life of their child or to stay and take care of a parent suffering from Alzheimers; however, the couple's marriage may end in divorce.
A Separation -- A couple has to make a decision to leave Iran to better the life of their child or to stay and take care of a parent suffering from Alzheimers; however, the couple's marriage may end in divorce.

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Release Date:
16 March 2011 (Iran) See more »
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Tagline:
Ugly truth, sweet lies See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 80 wins & 27 nominations See more »
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unsaid words can turn into a separation See more (239 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Peyman Moaadi ... Nader

Leila Hatami ... Simin

Sareh Bayat ... Razieh

Shahab Hosseini ... Hojjat
Sarina Farhadi ... Termeh
Merila Zare'i ... Miss Ghahraii
Ali-Asghar Shahbazi ... Nader's Father

Babak Karimi ... Interrogator

Kimia Hosseini ... Somayeh
Shirin Yazdanbakhsh ... Simin's Mother
Sahabanu Zolghadr ... Azam
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mohammadhasan Asghari ... Creditor
Shirin Azimiyannezhad ... Woman in the Bus
Hamid Dadju ... Creditor
Mohammad Ebrahimian ... Judge
Samad Farhang ... Interrogator's Office Manager
Ali Fattahi ... Soldier
Nafise Ghodrati ... School Teacher
Roya Hosseini ... Police Officer
Seyyed Jamshid Hosseini ... Accused Man
Hamid Janane ... Soldier
Sahar Kave ... Neighbour Woman
Seyyd Hamid Mirshams ... Soldier
Manuchehr Mohammadzade ... Creditor
Mazdak Mohaymeni ... Police Officer
Majid Nameni ... Accused Man
Ali Nazari ... Satelite Reciever Operator
Farhad Nosrati ... Piano Delievery Man
Mahmoud Rafi'i ... Interrogator's Secretary
Bahareh Riahi ... Hospital Receptionist (as Bahare Riyahi)
Peyman Sadeghi ... Doctor
Mohammad Saffari ... Shoemaker
Nosratollah Seyfizade ... Creditor
Bahare Shahbazi ... Neighbour Girl
Khodarahm Soleymannezhad ... School Janitor
Maria Tehranchi ... School Principal
Armine Zeytounchian ... Mrs. Kalaani
Mohammad Sajadian ... Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
Asghar Farhadi 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Asghar Farhadi 

Produced by
Negar Eskandarfar .... executive producer
Asghar Farhadi .... producer
 
Original Music by
Sattar Oraki 
 
Cinematography by
Mahmoud Kalari 
 
Film Editing by
Hayedeh Safiyari 
 
Production Design by
Keyvan Moghaddam 
 
Makeup Department
Reza Arabi .... makeup assistant
Mehrdad Mirkiani .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hamid Reza Ghorbani .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Mohammad Reza Delpak .... sound mixer
Reza Narimizadeh .... sound editor
Mahmoud Samakbashi .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Koohyar Kalari .... lighting designer
Habib Majidi .... still photographer
 
Editorial Department
Shabnam Hosseini .... assistant editor
 
Transportation Department
Akbar Nazari .... cinemobile
 
Other crew
Bahman Dadashi .... technical advisor
Maryam Naraghi .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Jodaeiye Nader az Simin" - Iran (original title)
"Nader and Simin, a Separation" - Europe (English title) (festival title), Hong Kong (English title) (festival title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material
Runtime:
123 min
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Trivia:
First Iranian film to receive nomination for an Academy Award in the Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (or Best Original Screenplay) category. However, the award went to Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris (2011).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: (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:I went there cause I have a sense of humanity.
Hodjat:where was your sense of humanity when you were hitting her ?
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Any other good Iranian films with the same theme?
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What happened to Nader's father?
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260 out of 308 people found the following review useful.
unsaid words can turn into a separation, 25 March 2011
Author: mrbarooee from Iran

It seems that a court room drama could be the best place for Frahadi to recreate his very own world and confront us with a short and somehow faraway situations and incidents in life. We think these kinds of happenings and conflicts would not take place in our lives but with his realistic world and characters they seem so close and possible to anyone. Asghar Farhadi loves to put his audience in place of judge, as his other pictures like About Eli or Fireworks Wednesday and here with no fear he takes us straight to a court room. But the thing is that the judge does not provide any help for us to make a clear judgment and surprisingly makes the situation even more complicated. Yes Farhadi doesn't want us to make a judgment, He makes us watch and observe and leave the theater with a big fork in front of us.It Seems that any single decision creates another world full of forks and not taken ways.

when nobody is clearly guilty and the line between black and white is so dim. And again here we are in Frhadi's powerful hands surprised to the end of the movie. You can't leave your chair even for one second because the story never lets you to lose even a single moment. And like a tennis ball we're always being shot from this side to the other. And finally we are the daughter shocked and disable to make a decision. May be we haven't seen or we don't want to see this side of life, where nothing is clear, when small lies and unimportant undone things and unsaid words gang up against us and turn to a big disaster. Frahadi has found his own world and his own language and his own version of life. Something we'd never seen before. We appreciate that. He can easily bombard us with information and surprise us with tiny details that seem nothing but like a snowball rolling down a slope they can form a big drama.

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