A Separation (Jodaeiye Nader Az Simin)


(out of 5)

A Tehran couple open this riveting film in a courtroom as they look to obtain a divorce; she wants to take their daughter abroad to study and have the chance at a better life, while he wants to stay behind and take care of his father who is dying of Alzheimer’s. When their impasse results in Simin () going to live with her parents, Nader () hires Razieh () as his housekeeper to clean their home and keep his father from leaving the house during the hours while he is at work and his daughter is at school. Razieh is a religiously devout woman with little experience in taking care of seniors with dementia, and when her own personal conflicts flare up and cause problems, it inspires a crisis that sees the lot of them fighting it out in the courts and sees Nader accused of murder. This is about as perfect as films ever get, the absolute best-acted, directed and scripted film of its year, graced with a group of performances that achieve a level of realism that is rarely so effective and direction that is incredibly smooth from beginning to end. Added to the three characters above are as Razieh’s husband, whose shame at being unemployed combines with his religious conservatism to make him very hot-tempered, as well as director Asghar Farhadi’s daughter  as the child whose loyalties when tested make for the film’s most heartbreaking moments.


Directed by

Screenplay by Asghar Farhadi

Cinematography by

Produced by Asghar Farhadi

Music by

Production Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Berlin 2011, TIFF 2011

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Academy Award
Best Foreign Language Film (Iran)

Best Writing (Original Screenplay) (Asghar Farhadi)

Golden Globe Award
Best Foreign Language Film (Iran)

New York Film Critics Award
Best Foreign Language Film

Los Angeles Film Critics Award
Best Screenplay (Asghar Farhadi)

Best Foreign Film (Asghar Farhadi)

National Society of Film Critics Awards
Best Screenplay (Asghar Farhadi)
Best Foreign Language Film

Best Picture

National Board Of Review Award
Best Foreign Language Film

Berlin Film Festival Awards
Golden Berlin Bear
Silver Berlin Bear-Best Actor (Peyman Moaadi, Shahab Hosseini, Ali-Asghar Shahbazi, Babak Karimi)
Silver Berlin Bear-Best Actress (Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat)

Independent Spirit Award
Best International Film

British Academy Award Nomination
Best Film not in the English Language

Cesar Award
Best Foreign Film

Toronto Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Foreign Language Film

Boston Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Foreign Language Film



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