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(2011)

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Director Asghar Farhadi's first idea for the movie was the image of a man washing his father, who had Alzheimer's. He built the rest of the film around that scene.
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The first Iranian film to receive a Golden Globe award.
The director's daughter, Sarina Farhadi, who plays Termeh, shared the Best Actress (ensemble) Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.
The first Iranian film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
First Iranian film to win an Oscar.
Most of the movie was shot using a handheld camera.
Director Asghar Farhadi made a speech at the House of Cinema Film Festival in support of Iranian filmmakers who were banned from making movies, including Bahman Ghobadi and imprisoned filmmaker Jafar Panahi. In retaliation, Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance stopped filming for 10 days.
The first Iranian film nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award.
The film has no musical score, except during the end credits.
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 Chaharshanbe-soori (2006).
The first film to win three Bear awards from the Berlin International Film Festival.
The second Iranian film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The first was Children of Heaven (1997).
The news of the film's winning an Oscar was mentioned only once on Iranian TV.
The film was released under the name "The Separation of Nader and Simin" in Iran.
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
Considered by Roger Ebert as the best movie of 2011.
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Iran's official submission for the Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards (2012).
Woody Allen's film Midnight in Paris won the Academy Award for best original screenplay over this film. Mr. Allen said that A Separation was the best film of 2011.
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Jake Gyllenhaal said that he loves this movie too much and that Asghar Farhadi is one of the most influential directors of the past 20 years.
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With nearly $20 million gross in its worldwide showings, it is the most successful Iranian film ever.
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First Iranian movie to be nominated for two Oscars.
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Ranked #9 in BBC's "100 Greatest Films of The 21st Century" list in 2015.
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The film was praised by Meryl Streep and Brad Pitt.
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The first Iranian film ever to receive a Golden Globe nomination.
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Asghar Farhadi's 5th feature film.
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Ranked ninth in the BBC's 2015 poll of the top 100 movies of the 21st century.
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Considered by Sight & Sound magazine as the second best movie of 2011.
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Won the Golden Bear of the Berlin International Film Festival, which is Iran's first.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

At the end, many viewers are still confused about what actually happened to the money that drives the series of misunderstandings throughout the plot. The missing money, which Nader accuses Razieh of stealing, is the same money that Simin takes to pay the movers at the very beginning of the movie.
In the final scene of the film, Nader and Simin are both wearing black, alluding to the death of Nader's father.

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