A Separation
A Separation (2011)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 21, 2012
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Critic Score: 99% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

David Thomson
The New Republic

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

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

As pure entertainment, "A Separation" is flawless. But as social commentary, one could infer a conservative agenda.

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Jon Frosch
The Atlantic

Dynamically shot and paced like a thriller, the film has the density and moral prickliness of a good novel.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Very few movies capture as convincingly as A Separation does the ways in which seemingly honorable decisions can lead to interpersonal conflict -- even disaster.

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Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

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.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

These people seem so real they might live next door. And they probably do.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning 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.

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Erick Weber

A case study in how simplicity can produce spectacular results that extend far beyond a film's budget.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Slaven
Writer-Director Farhadi has stated that this movie is about the process of judgement, and he succeeds. From the very first scene, we understand the stalemate… More
Daniel Perry
An uber-realist slice of life from Iran, where we see into the day-to-day realities that every citizen in the country faces. The story turns around a couple… More
Spencer S.
Unmatched in its depiction of modern life in contemporary Iran, "A Separation" delves into the lives of a family during the separation of its husband… More
paul sandberg
I truly believe that every bible thumping, prejudiced American should be forced to view this complex and beautifully executed film by writer/dir Asghar Farhadi,… More
Cynthia S.
Strange country...strange culture..
Michael S
"A Separation" is simply a masterclass in human storytelling. The writing, acting, and direction are so flawless, you never even clue into the fact… More