A Separation

March 16th, 2011


A Separation

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A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 8.6/10 (40,802 voted)

Critic's Score: 95/100

Director: Asghar Farhadi

Stars: Peyman Moadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat

Nader ('Peyman Moaadi' ) and Simin (

Peyman Moadi - Nader
Leila Hatami - Simin
Sareh Bayat - Razieh
Shahab Hosseini - Hodjat
Sarina Farhadi - Termeh
Merila Zare'i - Miss Ghahraii
Ali-Asghar Shahbazi - Nader's Father
Babak Karimi - Interrogator
Kimia Hosseini - Somayeh
Shirin Yazdanbakhsh - Simin's Mother
Sahabanu Zolghadr - Azam
Mohammadhasan Asghari - Creditor
Shirin Azimiyannezhad - Woman in the Bus
Hamid Dadju - Creditor
Mohammad Ebrahimian - Judge

Taglines: Ugly truth, sweet lies


Official Website: Golem Distribución [Spain] | Hopscotch Films [Australia] |

Release Date: 16 March 2011

Filming Locations: Tehran, Iran

Box Office Details

Budget: $800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: IRR 1,023,080,000 (Iran) (18 March 2011)

Gross: $13,454,000 (non-USA) (30 December 2011)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

First Iranian film to receive nomination for an Academy Award in the Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen category.

Hodjat: [to Nader] Shame on you! You call yourself a man?

User Review

A Perfection

Rating: 10/10

If mainstream cinema leaves you soulless, see this film.

If you have a modicum of intelligence, see this film.

If you like great acting and directing, see this film.

If you like great writing and editing, see this film.

If you have an interest in law, see this film.

If you are a parent, see this film.

A Separation is not harrowing or depressing. Fear not as I did before. If you don't like subtitles, you will forget they are there. Do not read any more detailed reviews. Go without preconception. A Separation deserves all the plaudits it is getting and deserves a much wider audience. Minimalistic and economic, a Separation is one of the finest, most chiselled pieces of cinema of this millennium.


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