Asghar Farhadi

Sony Pictures Classics

Peyman Maadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini, Sarina Farhadi, Ali-Asghar Shahbazi

A SEPARATION: Iran 2011, 35mm, color, Persian, PG-13, 123 min


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WINNER: 84th Annual Academy Awards: Best Foreign Language Film
NOMINATED: Best Original Screenplay

A compelling drama set in contemporary Iran, about the dissolution of a marriage. Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. Simin sues for divorce when Nader refuses to leave behind his Alzheimer-suffering father. Her request having failed, Simin returns to her parents' home, but Termeh decides to stay with Nader. When Nader hires a young woman to assist with his father in his wife's absence, he hopes that his life will return to a normal state. However, when he discovers that the new maid has been lying to him, he realizes that there is more on the line than just his marriage.

"Tense and narratively complex, formally dense and morally challenging, Iranian helmer-writer Asghar Farhadi's impressive drama, A SEPARATION is his strongest work yet. The provocative plot casts a revealing light on contempo Iranian society, taking on issues of gender, class, justice and honor as a secular middle-class family in the midst of upheaval winds up in conflict with an impoverished religious one." - Variety

"The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film belongs right here. With rare subtlety and transforming art, the remarkable writer-director Asghar Farhadi takes us into the emotional heart of modern Iran, revealing his country in microcosm, divided by gender, class, religion and invisible borders of destruction. The actors do wonders, uncovering rich depths in their characters. A SEPARATION is a landmark film. No way will you be able to get it out of your head." - Rolling Stone