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.
The director's daughter, Sarina Farhadi, plays Termeh, the eleven-year-old daughter of Nader and Simin, in the film. She shared the Best Actress (ensemble) Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.
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).
The trivia item below may give away important plot points.
Many viewers finish the movie still confused about what actually happened to the money that is the catalyst for the whole series of misunderstandings throughout the film's plot. The missing money, which Nader falsely accuses Razieh of stealing, is the same money that Simin takes to pay the movers at the very beginning of the movie.