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Asghar Farhadi

A Separation


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.

  • Director: Asghar Farhadi
  • Main Cast: Payman Maadi, Leila Hatami, Shahab Hosseini
  • Cinematography: Mahmoud Kalari
  • Screenplay: Asghar Farhadi

Original title in Iran is Jodaeiye Nader az Simin.

  • Cinema Premiere: December 29, 2011

What do the critics think?


14 reviews of A Separation (2011)

  • 1. Folkbladet.nu
    10 / 10

    Masterful about a family with problems

    Swedish: Folkbladet.nu »

  • 2. Dagens Nyheter
    10 / 10

    Above all, "A Separation" is a deeply human and highly universal story about the pain, guilt, and choices when families are torn apart. And that in a masterfully vital film form. - Eva af Geijerstam

    Swedish: dn.se »

  • 3. Borås Tidning
    10 / 10

    Farhadi skilfully twists the moral perspectives by adding new details in scene after scene, where everyone seems to have an equal amount of right and wrong. During the two hours the film lasts, I am completely absorbed by the acting (the ensemble was collectively rewarded with the Silver Bear in Berlin) and the plot, where Mahmood Kalari's photography observes the escalating conflict with a precision that matches Farhadi's masterful direction. - Mats T Olsson

    Swedish: bt.se »

  • 4. Ciné
    9 / 10

    It is a sensational drama that blurs the boundaries between an 'us' and a 'them', and which simultaneously tells the story of a contemporary Iran in a way that a three-minute news segment could never do. - Björn Englöv

    Swedish: cine.se »

  • 5. Svenska Dagbladet
    8.3 / 10

    The winner of this year's Guldbagge (Golden Bug) award provides an unusually nuanced picture of the Iranian society that forces people to go in a roundabout way around religious precepts and authorities' instructions. - Karoline Eriksson

    Swedish: svd.se »

  • 6. Uppsala Nya Tidning
    8 / 10

    An intense story from modern-day Iran - Susanne Sigroth-Lambe

    Swedish: unt.se »

  • 7. Aftonbladet
    8 / 10

    Compelling everyday drama

    Swedish: aftonbladet.se »

  • 8. Göteborgs-Posten
    8 / 10

    Introverted 11-year-old Termeh, played by the director's own daughter Sarina, takes on everything, is expected to come up with solutions and carries a great deal of compressed anguish on her slender shoulders. Her gaze is difficult to defend against. - Maria Domellöf-Wik

    Swedish: gp.se »

  • 9. SVT
    8 / 10

    Asgar Fahradi has been criticized for not attacking the Iranian regime, and it's true that it's not a pamphlet, but resistance doesn't always have to come as a clenched fist. It can also be about getting people to start thinking. - Fredrik Sahlin

    Swedish: svt.se »

  • 10. Expressen
    8 / 10

    It's not good - but in an equally convincing and worth seeing way. The one who disappears the most in the tumult is the origin and center of the drama, the old Alzheimer's patient. - Bernt Eklund

    Swedish: expressen.se »

  • 11. Moviezine
    8 / 10

    Sometimes everything feels hopeless, sometimes one senses a glimmer of light in the love between children and their parents. Often one gets angry and does not understand the characters, but one still cares about how it will turn out. To err is human, which is one of the film's many self-evident messages. - Andreas Samuelson

    Swedish: moviezine.se »

  • 12. Fredrik Fyhr
    Positiv, no rating

    The film is about people with conscience, pride, sometimes too much, sometimes too little. It is, I hope, a film that opens the eyes at least a little to all those who believe they have no morals, that religion is the root of all evil, or that they can do whatever they want.

    Swedish: fredrikfyhr.se »

  • 13. Filmeye
    6 / 10

    The youth are the hope for the future. Adults seem hopelessly lost in their outdated positions and traditions. One inevitably gets political thoughts and begins to ponder solutions. And perhaps that is the true purpose of the film? If so, they have succeeded. - Jan-Eje Ferling

    Swedish: filmeye.se »

  • 14. Gefle Dagblad
    5 / 10

    The pace in "A Separation" is simply a bit too sluggish for the story to really grab the viewer. - Sara Ullberg

    Swedish: gd.se »

World-Wide Box Office Revenue

Box Office

A Separation has earned a total of 22 926 076 dollars from cinemas across the world (the global box office).