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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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You be the judge... See more (242 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
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123 min
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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:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Nader's Father:Simin, where are you going?See more »
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What happens in the end?
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261 out of 317 people found the following review useful.
You be the judge..., 24 March 2011
Author: hideous_stranger from Iran

I'm an Iranian, but I've never been interested in Iranian cinema. I only watch Iranian films when they win awards or receive international recognition. I'm a fan of Kiarostami and Majidi, but I can't really say that I like all of their films. I watched Farhady's previous film (About Elly) about a year ago, and the first thing which struck me was how culturally detached the movie was in its depiction of an event. At the time, I believed this to have been the cause of this director's success. Watching Nader and Simin, however, proved that I was terribly mistaken.

Asghar Farhady's obsession with the concept of judgment is once again the driving force behind his latest feature. The life-like depiction of the Iranian courtroom (which is in no way impartial) places the audience in the Judge's seat from the very beginning. The extremely believable acting and insanely complex script compel the viewer to make up his/her mind just like when reading a court case. As for the screenplay, I'm almost certain the events in this film actually happened in real life, because in no way could one fabricate such a chaotically complex series of events, so beautifully woven into a coherent whole.

Despite being very Iranian in its narrative style and its depiction of Iranian culture (the sanctity of Family, faith, commitment towards parents and married life), I believe that this film could easily appeal to the Western audiences just like a film by Inaritu or Haneke (although I'm pretty sure it won't be nominated for an Oscar for political reasons).

After seeing About Elly, I thought Farhady's success was just a one-time fling, but coming out of the theater, having watched Nader and Simin, I was proud to have another Iranian director added to my international list of favorites.

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