A Separation

A Separation

A Separation

Iranian drama, winner of Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Academy Awards and Golden Globes, and Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival 2011.

"A middle-class Iranian couple, already in the midst of an unpleasant separation, find themselves drawn into a web of half-truths and manipulation after the husband hires a lower-class caretaker for his Alzheimer's-stricken, elderly father. Writer-director Asghar Farhadi has created a complex drama... that teases out the intricacies and contradictions of modern Iranian society." (Melbourne International Film Festival 2011)

Winner for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Academy Awards and Golden Globes. Winner of the Golden Berlin Bear (Best Film), Ecumenical Jury Prize, Best Actor and Actress at Berlin Film Festival 2011.
2010Rating: PG, contains low level violence123 minsIranPersian with English subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema
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Reviews & comments

Amazing

An exceptional film in every way, and like so many other great foreign movies, it makes us feel as though it's real, with a camera being towed around as real people go about the business of living. The incredible depth of the performances, and the deep questions it raised about faith, relationships, decisions, marriage, parenthood, and the rest, had me...

5.0
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Harrowing but compelling

Today 9 of us saw "A Separation" - the Iranian film that won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. This is a harrowing watch and our opinions were quite divided on it. Les rated it right down there with "We Need to Talk About Kevin" as his worst film of the year so far, and Graeme saw it as Coronation Street in Arabic! For the remaining 7, however,...

3.0
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shear brilliance

It grabs you, never lets go. It simply sucks you into a world that you don't really want to go to. Totally deserved the Palme D'Or & the Oscar it won.

5.0
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Frustratingly excellent

2012 Academy award winner for best foreign language picture, Iranian social drama A SEPARATION follows the legal struggle between apparently wealthy, middle class Nader (Peyman Moadi) and housekeeper Razieh (Sareh Bayat), after a dispute leads to tragic consequences. Recently separated from wife Simin (Leila Hatami), juggling a career and responsibility to...

4.0
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Engaging and absorbing

Engaging and absorbing, this drama which tackles a number of issues surrounding divorce, class and culture in modern Iran was surprisingly powerful with performances from it's cast which were both real and sympathetic of all parties. The story begins with a couple who are entering a period of separation due to a dispute over the prospects of living in Iran...

4.0
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Total Film

Total Film

press

Impressively shot and acted, A Separation refuses to judge its characters: everyone here has their reasons.

4.0
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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

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However ripe A Separation might seem for being adapted into a smart American film, Hollywood shouldn't bother. Farhadi's movie is just about perfect as it is.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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With great power and subtlety, Farhadi transforms this ugly quarrel into a contemporary tragedy.

4.0
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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

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"A Separation" touches on religious strictures and the role of women in Iran, but it does so with a light hand and not a twitch of condemnation.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The writer-director, Asghar Farhadi, tells his story with a fair and even hand. His only agenda seems to be to express empathy.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Powerful art cinema that challenges political and social unity in Iran.

4.0
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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

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.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Impressively shot and acted, A Separation refuses to judge its characters: everyone here has their reasons.

4.0
0
Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

However ripe A Separation might seem for being adapted into a smart American film, Hollywood shouldn't bother. Farhadi's movie is just about perfect as it is.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

With great power and subtlety, Farhadi transforms this ugly quarrel into a contemporary tragedy.

4.0
0
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

"A Separation" touches on religious strictures and the role of women in Iran, but it does so with a light hand and not a twitch of condemnation.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The writer-director, Asghar Farhadi, tells his story with a fair and even hand. His only agenda seems to be to express empathy.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Powerful art cinema that challenges political and social unity in Iran.

4.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

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.

0

Amazing

An exceptional film in every way, and like so many other great foreign movies, it makes us feel as though it's real, with a camera being towed around as real people go about the business of living. The incredible depth of the performances, and the deep questions it raised about faith, relationships, decisions, marriage, parenthood, and the rest, had me...

5.0
0

Harrowing but compelling

Today 9 of us saw "A Separation" - the Iranian film that won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. This is a harrowing watch and our opinions were quite divided on it. Les rated it right down there with "We Need to Talk About Kevin" as his worst film of the year so far, and Graeme saw it as Coronation Street in Arabic! For the remaining 7, however,...

3.0
0

shear brilliance

It grabs you, never lets go. It simply sucks you into a world that you don't really want to go to. Totally deserved the Palme D'Or & the Oscar it won.

5.0
0

Frustratingly excellent

2012 Academy award winner for best foreign language picture, Iranian social drama A SEPARATION follows the legal struggle between apparently wealthy, middle class Nader (Peyman Moadi) and housekeeper Razieh (Sareh Bayat), after a dispute leads to tragic consequences. Recently separated from wife Simin (Leila Hatami), juggling a career and responsibility...

4.0
0

Engaging and absorbing

Engaging and absorbing, this drama which tackles a number of issues surrounding divorce, class and culture in modern Iran was surprisingly powerful with performances from it's cast which were both real and sympathetic of all parties. The story begins with a couple who are entering a period of separation due to a dispute over the prospects of living in...

4.0
0