• A Separation (2011)

A Separation

Release Date: December 30th, 2011

DVD Release Date: August 21st, 2012

PG-13 |2 hr 3 min

Plot Summary

When Nader (Payman Maadi), a bank employee, refuses to leave Tehran, his wife, Simin (Leila Hatami) sues for divorce in the hope that she can make a better life for their young daughter abroad. Needing someone to care for his senile father while he's at work, Nader hires Razieh (Sareh Bayat), a married woman whose chador hides her pregnancy. One day, after becoming angry with Razieh, Nader shoves her, and she has a miscarriage, leading Razieh's husband to take Nader to court.

Cast: Peyman Moaadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini, Merila Zare'i, Babak Karimi, Shirin Yazdanbakhsh, Sarina Farhadi

Director: Asghar Farhadi

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Asghar Farhadi

Keywords: Wife, Love, Emotional, Rivalry, Daughter, Family, Investigation, 2010s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The members of the cast represent ensemble, naturalistic acting at its finest. show more

  • 90
    The Hollywood Reporter

    As in all the director's work, the cast is given top consideration and their realistic acting results in unusual depth of characterization. show more

  • 85
    Stephanie ZacharekMovieline

    A Separation doesn't try to make easy sense of that world, or of this family's suffering. It's simply a quiet cry of anguish. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com


Winner Foreign Language Film
Nominated Film Not in the English Language
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2012)
Nominated Writing (Original Screenplay)
Winner Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language
Winner Best Foreign Film
Guldbagge Award (2012)
Nominated Best Foreign Language Film
Grande PrĂªmio do Cinema Brasileiro (2012)