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  • Actors: Leila Hatami, Ali-Asghar Shahbazi, Babak Karimi
  • Directors: Asghar Farhadi
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Farsi
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Dec. 2011
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005NHO9JS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,245 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The stand out film of the 2011 Berlin Film Festival and winner of the Golden Bear, A Separation is a suspenseful and intelligent drama detailing the fractures and tensions at the heart of Iranian society. Written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, the film boasts a range of superb performances from the ensemble cast who collectively received the Silver Bears for both Best Actor and Best Actress at the Berlinale. The compelling narrative is driven by a taut and finely written script rooted in the particular of Iranian society but which transcends its setting to create a stunning morality play with universal resonance. When his wife (Leila Hatami) leaves him, Nader (Peyman Moadi) hires a young woman (Sareh Bayat) to take care of his suffering father (Ali-Asghar Shahbazi). But he doesn t know his new maid is not only pregnant, but also working without her unstable husband s (Shahab Hosseini) permission. Soon, Nader finds himself entangled in a web of lies manipulation and public confrontations. A SEPARATION is the first ever Iranian film to be awarded the Golden Bear.


Asgar Farhadi’s A Separation--a courtroom drama in three acts and Iran’s official entry for Best Foreign Film at the 2012 Oscars--paints an admirably candid picture of dysfunctional life under the Islamic republic. The separation of the film’s title is in the opening divorce hearing--Simin wants to leave Iran with her daughter Termeh; her husband Nadar cannot desert his senile father--but could as easily refer to the divisions of education, gender and social advantage that shape what follows. After Simin moves out, Nadar hires Razeih--a pious woman with a sweet daughter and a hot-headed husband--to care for his unmanageable father. But when a standoff results in disaster for Razeih, both families must assert their honour in Tehran’s congested justice system. There’s nothing quite like a courtroom for dragging up class bitterness--and while Iran’s theocratic regime isn’t on trial in A Separation, its effects are felt in the contest of values at the film’s heart. Secular and middle-class, Nadar and Simin’s sense of Persian superiority belittles Razeih and enrages her husband, both of whom belong to the struggling majority of Iranians who accept the Islamic republic. A careworn judge must draw a line in the blur of distorted facts before him--but state justice wont address the deeper codes of pride and identity at stake. If our sympathies continually shift sides, we’re always behind the observant and fearless young Termeh, the only character whose moral code is flexible enough to survive A Separation intact. The film’s final act--her custody hearing--is Termeh’s alone to decide. --Leo Batchelor

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dooscah on 23 Oct. 2012
Format: DVD
Some people dislike films which are too serious. Of course, seriousness is everyday reality and this picture is a masterclass demonstration of true life tribulation which made me think & place myself in it's scenario. Too many writers focus on falsified lifestyles, distorted characters, far-fetched scenarios and unreachable settings which regular folk just cannot possibly relate to.

I've never felt more empathy towards individual characters in a screenplay collectively - despite them all being almost totally at odds with each other. It seemed that every scene of this film was intricately crafted by direction to make the screenplay feel natural as opposed to sheer improvisation (if any of it is improvised; it's the best I've seen). The realism of the story and performances grab hold of your attention tightly from the very start right through to the end keeping you at the edge.

There are no fillers or futile scenes bulking out the feature length 2 hours. Every line strictly pertains to an emotion-soaked, bad dream situation which could arguably happen to anyone. It continually surprised me along the way with extra revelations about the facts of the situation. The pace and intensity at which these facts are unveiled, made me feel as if someone was breaking news to me personally since the drama did such a good job at vesting my interest in everyone's angle.

The film title didn't presumably promote any anticipation of wild enjoyment to me so I slept on it for months. However, upon eventually firing it up, I discovered immediately that I painfully misjudged it as just some better-than-average rom-com leading to a break-up, wow... it is not that at all and is much much deeper than a mere separation on many levels; although that is the nucleus of the plot.
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70 of 76 people found the following review helpful By The Grenouille on 2 July 2011
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A real gem of a movie that provides a very interesting (and quite surprising) insight into today's Iranian society. Although the story is better left untold, the script challenges you in your perception and opinion of the main characters scene after scene. The acting is top-notch and, although the pace is quite measured, the movie is never dull or boring. A movie I would warmly recommend to anybody who has a brain, a curiosity for the world out there, and thinks that there is a life beyond Transformers 27!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. J. Ward on 4 Dec. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
This film starts very slowly. For the first thirty minutes, I wondered why I was even watching it. It seemed a thinly disguised documentary about a man, Nader, with a senile father, and whose wife, Simin, is leaving him. Their eleven year-old daughter, Termeh, is emotionally torn between her parents. Ordinary enough, and nothing specifically Iranian about it.

That all changes when Nader hires a carer for his father. A deeply religious, pregnant young woman called Razieh. Unfortunately, one day, she leaves the house and ties the elderly man to the bed, to stop him wandering off. When Nader returns, Razieh is nowhere to be found and the old guy is close to death. Nader revives him, and when Razieh returns he berates her and fires her. She becomes so upset, he has to forcibly eject her from his flat. She then miscarries.

What follows is a series of trips to a judge to determine the true course of events and who did what, when, to whom. No one is truly honest, although things improve in this respect as the movie goes on, and in this sense, the characters develop.

By the end, it is the women who emerge with the credit. The men - Nader and Razieh's husband, Hodjat - look dysfunctional and incapable of progress. I won't say any more, because that would involve spoilers.

The acting is superb. For some strange reason, I really like the Iranians, though obviously not the clerics, the revolutionary guards, or any of that dismal crowd. Iranian cinema is a credit to the nation, and shows the world that this country is far from the evil beast portrayed in TV series such as Homeland. In this rich, multilayered film, you really appreciate that.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By haunted on 26 April 2012
Format: DVD
I have never been as tense watching a movie as when I watched "A Separation". But is not a political thriller or an action movie filled with car chases. When we watch those types of movies we know that the events we see will never happen to us so we can sit back and enjoy them.

I think the reason I got so "into" this movie is that the events portrayed in it very easily could happen to me or my friends and family. It is basically a domestic drama, starting with a marriage breakdown.

The amazing opening scene shows an Iranian woman and her husband speaking to a judge. She wants a divorce as she has a visa to settle in another country but he says he can't leave, as he has to look after his elderly father, who has Alzheimer's. It's sadly obvious that their relationship has completely broken down. The judge doesn't agree to the divorce but the wife goes to live with her mother. Their teenage daughter decides to stay with her father and he employs woman to look after his father when there is no one else at home.

From there on a series of seemingly insignificant events have major consequences. Giving any more details of the plot might spoil your enjoyment of the movie.

However if you have ever had a sick relative, been angry at your spouse/partner, been unhappy with work someone has done for you or told a lie for what you thought was a good reason I think this movie will affect you greatly.
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