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A Separation(جدایی نادر از سیمین)

When Nadar refuses to leave his sickly father behind in Tehran, Simin, Nadar's wife, files for divorce with the desire to give her daughter a fresh start in a safer climate. Nadar then hires Razieh to help him out with his father. One day, upon seeing his father in grave condition, Nadar brutally shoves Razieh, which brings Nadar back to court as things get more and more contentious...
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The New York Times by A.O. Scott

It is a rigorously honest movie about the difficulties of being honest, a film that tries to be truthful about the slipperiness of truth.
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USA Today by Claudia Puig

Sophisticated and universal yet deeply intimate, A Separation is an exquisitely conceived family drama that has the coiled power of a top-notch thriller.
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Village Voice by J. Hoberman

What's fascinating is how the various issues - religious or practical - are played out in these two quite different families, yet always come down to irreconcilable differences between rebellious women and their stiff-necked, controlling men.
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New York Daily News by Joe Neumaier

Together and apart, Hatami and Maadi are magnetic. Hatami, a star in Iranian cinema, lets us see Simin's intelligence and defiant sense of self-worth often with nothing more than a gesture.
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Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

The drama it might remind you most of, oddly enough, is "Six Degrees of Separation," also about the snowballing connections between unlikely people. And as in that urban clash, the bedrock of it all is social responsibility, ever crumbling and rebuilding. A total triumph.
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Slant Magazine by Nick Schager

Barriers both transparent and persistently present encase the characters of A Separation, constricting them in ways social, cultural, religious, familial, and emotional.
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The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

Beyond the impeccable performances and direction, it's foremost an exceptional piece of screenwriting, so finely wrought that the drama seems guided by an invisible hand.

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