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: December 30, 2011
DVD 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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Michael Sicinski
Cinema Scope

A Separation is one of the year's most accomplished films, and like so many films we might characterize as "accomplished," it hasn't garnered actual detractors. It merely fosters a coterie of skeptics.

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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.

Derek Smith
Tiny Mix Tapes

A Separation ends on the perfect note, a nearly impossible decision whose weight is left on our shoulders while the credits roll.

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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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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

Brilliantly [Asghar Farhadi] has posited his questions and dilemmas so that they are open-ended, depending entirely upon what the viewer brings to the table in terms of past experience and personal emotional involvement.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
Iran's cinema it's terrific, so I must see this too.
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
Carlos Magalh„es
A compelling drama full of nuances and with many unexpected twists in a story in which all of the characters have solid reasons for their actions, which makes… More
Cynthia S.
Strange country...strange culture..
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