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A Separation
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/10
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A SEPARATION

Jodaeiye Nader az Simin

Directed by Asghar Farhadi
Iran, 2011
Drama

Synopsis

When his wife leaves him, Nader hires a young woman to take care of his senile father. But he doesn’t know his new maid is not only pregnant but also working without her unstable husband’s permission. Soon, Nader finds himself entangled in a web of lies, manipulation, and public confrontations.

Synopsis

When his wife leaves him, Nader hires a young woman to take care of his senile father. But he doesn’t know his new maid is not only pregnant but also working without her unstable husband’s permission. Soon, Nader finds himself entangled in a web of lies, manipulation, and public confrontations.

Our take

Asghar Farhadi won the top prize in Berlin—as well as the Best Original Screenplay Oscar®—for this deeply involving marital drama. In its refusal to apportion blame for the breakdown of its central relationship, A Separation ekes maximum suspense from a perpetual reframing of its moral arguments.