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.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Some films wear their artistry so lightly they appear simply to be happening, the inner workings of the story guided by an unseen hand.Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 01.25.2012
This is a trenchant emotional thriller that you watch in dread, awe, and amazing aggravation.Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, 01.26.2012
Asghar Farhadi's emotionally epic movie is not just a masterpiece dramatically, it is a movie dramatically of its moment.John Anderson, Newsday, 01.26.2012
The film involves its audience in an unusually direct way, because although we can see the logic of everyone's position, our emotions often disagree.Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 01.25.2012