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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Bob MondelloNPR

    A film that captures the drama and suspense of real life as urgently as any picture released this year. 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

  • 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

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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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 Prêmio do Cinema Brasileiro (2012)