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A Separation (2011)

Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (original title)
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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.

Director:

Asghar Farhadi

Writer:

Asghar Farhadi
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Cast

Credited cast:
Payman Maadi ... Nader (as Peyman Moadi)
Leila Hatami ... Simin
Sareh Bayat ... Razieh
Shahab Hosseini ... Hojjat
Sarina Farhadi Sarina Farhadi ... Termeh
Merila Zare'i ... Miss Ghahraii
Ali-Asghar Shahbazi ... Nader's Father
Babak Karimi ... Interrogator
Kimia Hosseini ... Somayeh
Shirin Yazdanbakhsh Shirin Yazdanbakhsh ... Simin's Mother
Sohibanoo Zolqadr Sohibanoo Zolqadr ... Azam (as Sahabanu Zolghadr)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mohammadhasan Asghari Mohammadhasan Asghari ... Creditor
Shirin Azimiyannezhad Shirin Azimiyannezhad ... Woman in the Bus
Hamid Dadju Hamid Dadju ... Creditor
Mohammad Ebrahimian Mohammad Ebrahimian ... Judge
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Storyline

Nader (Payman Maadi) and Simin (Leila Hatami) argue about living abroad. Simin prefers to live abroad to provide better opportunities for their only daughter, Termeh. However, Nader refuses to go because he thinks he must stay in Iran and take care of his father (Ali-Asghar Shahbazi), who suffers from Alzheimers. However, Simin is determined to get a divorce and leave the country with her daughter. Written by Amin Davoodi

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Taglines:

Ugly truth, sweet lies See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Family | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Iran | France

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

16 March 2011 (Iran) See more »

Also Known As:

A Separation See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

IRR 1,023,080,000 (Iran), 18 March 2011

Opening Weekend USA:

$59,481, 1 January 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,098,492

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,426,169
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Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

Although Razieh had gone to the doctor to see if her baby is still alive a few hours before she was beaten by Nader, the judge never asked her about the result of medical check. Also after medical examination, it should be clear for Razieh to know about the situation of her baby unless she couldn't reach the doctor at the time. See more »

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Nader's Father: Simin, where are you going?
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Wow! Just.. wow!
28 December 2011 | by RamascreenSee all my reviews

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Wow! I didn't have any expectation and that's what probably helped but A SEPARATION is a great drama. Foreign language film or not, this is just an excellent, excellent drama. You can't get a more Oscar worthy material than this. To me what makes A SEPARATION unique is that writer/director Asghar Farhadi takes conflict, secrets, relationships and other elements that we're familiar with and mixes them with the culture, religion and gender elements from that specific region. This film, to a certain extent, lets you in on how the justice system works in a place where some of us may be ignorant about. And it's really not about our way is better than theirs or vice versa, it's just how different some things are done…

And this is not just about a divorce or a separation of two individuals The film starts out that way and it ends on that note as well but what happens in between is more of a spin-off story or it stems from when the lead characters Nader and Simin stop being on the same page. A SEPARATION is a very dialogue-driven, a very character driven story, all the actors in this film are marvelous. When the tension is high, they're extremely convincing, I couldn't take my eyes off any of them, especially lead actress Leila Hatami who holds a certain photogenic beauty.

On one spectrum, you have Nader and Simin with their daughter, on the other end of the spectrum you have Hodjat and Razieh with their little adorable daughter. Because Simin takes time off from her marriage with the intent to divorce her husband, Nader has to hire Razieh to take care of his father who suffers from Alzheimer's. An incident occurs that escalates into a courtroom drama but there is actually another incident or a card that Asghar Farhadi hides until it's time to show it further on in the story and the way everything progresses and eventually unravels keeps you intrigued. A big part of what draws me in is the film's depiction of Iranian law and traditions when it comes to divorces and allegations. What may be considered murder, how important it is for an individual to see someone swear on a Koran, how a judge deals with opposing alibis. I don't know how accurate it is but it's nothing short of interesting. It would certainly cause debate and discussion among the audiences as to the fairness of it all. And the story goes through those problems and makes a full round circle back to the separation of Simin from Nader. A highly engrossing film.

-- www.Ramascreen.com --


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