A Separation
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Set in contemporary Iran, A Separation is a compelling drama 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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You cannot watch the film without feeling kinship with the characters and admitting their decency as well as their mistakes."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
""A Separation" is a plaintive fable of the human condition that unites us."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Ambiguous endings can work for some films, but it doesn't here. Still, the powerful performances and near seamless screenplay leave little else to be desired. A Separation deserves its Oscar."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"... a complex and nuanced movie about the ... the collapse of a relationship between intelligent people of good will. It is heartbreaking and subtle, the sort of film that some folks say isn't made often or well enough by the usual Hollywood suspects."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"...riveting, enormously resonant and impressively acted..."
‑ Aaron Yap, Flicks.co.nz
"Dynamically shot and paced like a thriller, the film has the density and moral prickliness of a good novel."
‑ Jon Frosch, The Atlantic
"Very few movies capture as convincingly as A Separation does the ways in which seemingly honorable decisions can lead to interpersonal conflict -- even disaster."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"A case study in how simplicity can produce spectacular results that extend far beyond a film's budget."
‑ Erick Weber, NECN
"A Separation infuses a great insight into modern Iran with a powerful insight into the human condition - this demonstrates the power and poetic potential of cinematic drama. It's a MUST see."
‑ Blake Howard, 2UE That Movie Show
"Fahardi's accomplishment is to have brought to the screen a group of equally complex, equally flawed, and equally human characters whose only real problem is that they must live life with each other."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"These people seem so real they might live next door. And they probably do."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"To say the piercing Iranian film A Separation is about divorce is a bit like saying The Wizard of Oz is about a pair of slippers."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"[A] flawless domestic portrait."
‑ Alice Tynan, Limelight
"Writer-director Asghar Farhadi performs some kind of miracle with the tension and complexity he produces from such a simple set-up."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"Offers an unwritten ending that must be decided by each viewer."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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