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5,952 Ratings

A Separation

Jodaeiye Nader az Simin

Directed by Asghar Farhadi
Iran, 2011


Nader’s refusal to allow his wife Simin and their daughter to leave Iran on account of his father’s failing health initiates a complicated series of events as Simin tries unsuccessfully to divorce him. He hires a young woman named Razieh to look after his father, but things go wrong.

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A Separation Directed by Asghar Farhadi

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2011 | 5 wins including: Golden Berlin Bear

Academy Awards

2012 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

2012 | Nominee: Best Writing, Original Screenplay

Independent Spirit Awards

2012 | Winner: Best International Film

Toronto International Film Festival

2011 | 2nd place: People's Choice Award

Every once in a while, these characters seem to crash against each other, and the film explodes along with them — gaining urgency, power, danger as it moves relentlessly along, never quite allowing you to see where it might go next.
January 02, 2012
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It’s a deceptive, Hitchcockian mystery whose clues are laid out so carefully you’ll probably miss them, and a complex philosophical fable in which every character is morally compromised.
December 30, 2011
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Farhadi explores this situation from myriad angles, but lands again on a simple, perfect final shot that throws the true cost of this conflict into focus.
December 29, 2011
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