A Separation


A Separation

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Morally complex, suspenseful, and consistently involving, A Separation captures the messiness of a dissolving relationship with keen insight and searing intensity.



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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 on the line than just his marriage. -- (C) Sony Pictures Classics

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All Critics (171) | Top Critics (48)

  • You cannot watch the film without feeling kinship with the characters and admitting their decency as well as their mistakes.

    Jun 19, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Dynamically shot and paced like a thriller, the film has the density and moral prickliness of a good novel.

    Mar 7, 2012 | Full Review…
  • These people seem so real they might live next door. And they probably do.

    Feb 23, 2012 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • "A Separation" is a plaintive fable of the human condition that unites us.

    Feb 17, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Very few movies capture as convincingly as A Separation does the ways in which seemingly honorable decisions can lead to interpersonal conflict -- even disaster.

    Feb 10, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • 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.

    Feb 9, 2012 | Rating: A | Full Review…

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