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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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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 61 wins & 23 nominations See more »
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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
Bahare Riyahi ... Hospital Receptionist
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)
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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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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Filming was stopped by Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance for 10 days after director Asghar Farhadi's speech at the House of Cinema Film Festival in support of Iranian filmmakers that were banned from making movies, such as Bahman Ghobadi and imprisoned filmmaker, Jafar Panahi.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:
Hodjat:You know, my problem is that I can't speak like them. I just lose my control soon.See more »
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444 out of 482 people found the following review useful.
Do yourself a favor - make sure you see this movie, 2 September 2011
Author: krisrox from Netherlands

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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