A Separation (2011) | 10 Facts That Will Make You Watch The Full Movie

A Separation (2011) | 10 Facts That Will Make You Watch The Full Movie


A Separation (Persian: جدایی نادر از سیمین‎ Jodaí-e Nadér az Simín, “The Separation of Nader from Simin”) is a 2011 Iranian drama film written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, starring Leila Hatami, Peyman Moaadi, Shahab Hosseini, Sareh Bayat, and Sarina Farhadi.

It focuses on an Iranian middle-class couple who separate, the disappointment and desperation suffered by their daughter due to the egotistical disputes and separation of her parents, and the conflicts that arise when the husband hires a lower-class caregiver for his elderly father, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.

A Separation won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012, becoming the first Iranian film to win the award.[3] It received the Golden Bear for Best Film and the Silver Bears for Best Actress and Best Actor at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, becoming the first Iranian film to win the Golden Bear.

It also won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.[5] and the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Feature Film.[6] The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay,[7] making it the first non-English film in five years to achieve this.


Leila Hatami as Simin
Peyman Moaadi as Nader
Shahab Hosseini as Hodjat
Babak Karimi as Judge

Sareh Bayat as Razieh
Sarina Farhadi as Termeh
Ali-Asghar Shahbazi as Nader’s father
Shirin Yazdanbakhsh as Simin’s mother


Kimia Hosseini as Somayeh
Merila Zarei as Mrs Ghahraei


Director Asghar Farhadi’s first idea for the movie was the image of a man washing his father, who had Alzheimer’s. He built the rest of the film around that scene.

First Iranian film to win an Oscar.

The first Iranian film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

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 Ghobadiand imprisoned filmmaker Jafar Panahi. In retaliation, Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance stopped filming for 10 days.

The first Iranian film to receive a Golden Globe award.

The director’s daughter, Sarina Farhadi, who plays Termeh, shared the Best Actress (ensemble) Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Most of the movie was shot using a handheld camera.


The film has no musical score, except during the end credits.

The first Iranian film nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award.

In the opening credits, the two ID cards being photocopied belong to Hediyeh Tehrani and Hamid Farokhnezhad, the two actors who played a couple heading for divorce in Farhadi’s previous film Fireworks Wednesday (2006).

The first film to win three Bear awards from the Berlin International Film Festival.

The second Iranian film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The first was Children of Heaven (1997).

The news of the film’s winning an Oscar was mentioned only once on Iranian TV.

Considered by Roger Ebert as the best movie of 2011.

Woody Allen’s film Midnight in Paris won the Academy Award for best original screenplay over this film. Mr. Allen said that A Separation was the best film of 2011.


With nearly $20 million gross in its worldwide showings, it is the most successful Iranian film ever.

The film was released under the name “The Separation of Nader and Simin” in Iran.

Jake Gyllenhaal said that he loves this movie too much and that Asghar Farhadi is one of the most influential directors of the past 20 years.

Included among the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die”, edited by Steven Schneider.

Ranked #9 in BBC’s “100 Greatest Films of The 21st Century” list in 2015.

Iran’s official submission for the Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards (2012).

First Iranian movie to be nominated for two Oscars.

Won the Golden Bear of the Berlin International Film Festival, which is Iran’s first.

Asghar Farhadi’s 2nd film to be officially submitted to the Academy by Iran which won the first Oscar for him and Iran.


As of 2015, the first Iranian film to be included in the IMDb Top 250.

The film was praised by Meryl Streep and Brad Pitt.

The first Iranian film ever to receive a Golden Globe nomination.

Considered by Sight & Sound magazine as the second best movie of 2011.

Asghar Farhadi’s 5th feature film.

At the end, many viewers are still confused about what actually happened to the money that drives the series of misunderstandings throughout the plot. The missing money, which Nader accuses Razieh of stealing, is the same money that Simin takes to pay the movers at the very beginning of the movie.

In the final scene of the film, Nader and Simin are both wearing black, alluding to the death of Nader’s father.

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