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A Separation(جدایی نادر از سیمین)

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Iran, France · 2011
Rated PG-13 · 2h 3m
Director Asghar Farhadi
Starring Leila Hatami, Payman Maadi, Shahab Hosseini, Sareh Bayat
Genre Drama

Simin wants to leave Iran to give her daughter, Termeh, a different kind of life outside the country. But Nader, Termeh’s father, refuses to leave his ailing father behind. Simin files for divorce, which Nader is willing to grant, but he’s unwilling to allow his daughter to emigrate. And these are only the beginning of the family’s moral quandaries.

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A Separation is beautiful and heartbreaking. The film relies heavily on the script and performances to come off as natural and human. Asghar Farhadi succeeded in telling a story that is both intensely personal and universal. A Separation can be a tough watch at certain points, but the film will stay with you for a long time.

What are critics saying?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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