Top 365 Films – #282 – A Separation (2011)

Top 365 Films - A SeparationDIRECTED BY: Asghar Farhadi

STARRING: Peyman Moaadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Sarina Farhadi and Shahab Hosseini

BUDGET: $0.5m

EARNED (Worldwide): $24m

AWARDS: Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film



A married couple are faced with a difficult decision – to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer’s disease.


We are immediately arrive in Tehran, Iran, where Simin files for divorce from her husband Nader. They have been married for 12 years and live with their 11-year-old daughter Termeh. When Simin wants to leave the country with them as she doesn’t want her daughter to grow up under the prevailing conditions, Nader does not as he is concerned for his elder father who lives with them and suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. When Nader hires a deeply religious woman named Razieh to take care of her father while he works leads to disastrous consequences for everyone involved.


A Separation is a human interest story where you end up feeling for all the characters involved and you can’t help but feel that there’s a happy ending a few inches away from everyone’s grasp if they just came clean to one another. You end up becoming emotionally involved in the film so much that you end up shouting at the screen to tell the truth…well, I know I did. Mainly focusing on one family, we have another family connected to the story which leads to Razieh being pushed by Nader and discovers that she has suffered a miscarriage, which leads to several painful events of small lies and unsaid things that lead to complicated matters and a relationship that cannot be mended back together. Asghar Farhadi brings us a film that takes place in present day Iran, a modern nation that attempts to live under Islamic law, giving us an insight to how these complexed issues such as divorce and accusation of manslaughter are handled in court, dealing with the issues without lawyers, balancing the dilemmas and points of view evenly. The acting itself is organic and real in convincing we the viewer that their characters are acting on genuine motives, trying to do the right thing but are divided on how to go about that.


FAVOURITE SCENE: Razieh reveals to Simin that Nader may not have been the cause for her miscarriage afterall.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: ‘What is wrong is wrong, no matter who said it or where it’s written.’ – Nader

DID YOU KNOW?: Director Asghar Farhadi’ made a speech at the House of Cinema Film Festival in support of Iranian filmmakers who were banned from making movies, including Bahman Ghobadi and imprisoned filmmaker Jafar Panahi. In retaliation, Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance stopped filming for 10 days.

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