A Separation Synopsis
An Iranian bank employee (Payman Maadi) hires a female caretaker after his wife leaves him.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The members of the cast represent ensemble, naturalistic acting at its finest.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
This is a trenchant emotional thriller that you watch in dread, awe, and amazing aggravation. It's entirely predicated upon the outcome of...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
Moaadi is the standout here, subtly evoking filial worry and fatherly pride in one scene, popping off with rage in another: He's believably...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Sophisticated and universal yet deeply intimate, A Separation is an exquisitely conceived family drama that has the coiled power of a...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Farhadi is no mere formalist. His film is a spiritual investigation into the rise of women and the descent of male privilege in Iran, and a...
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The Hollywood Reporter

As in all the director's work, the cast is given top consideration and their realistic acting results in unusual depth of characterization.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's small. It's real. And it's deeply moving.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A Separation is a landmark film. No way will you be able to get it out of your head.
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By Stephanie Zacharek
A Separation doesn't try to make easy sense of that world, or of this family's suffering. It's simply a quiet cry of anguish.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Together and apart, Hatami and Maadi are magnetic. Hatami, a star in Iranian cinema, lets us see Simin's intelligence and defiant sense of...
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An interesting story..

By frascati
Acting was superb, the story interesting. Was not impressed by the directing of the movie, but altogether it is a movie to see....

A++ But Tough to Watch

By William Kent
This movie deserved its Academy Award. Engrossing and emotionally honest, exceptional acting and production, but the emotions are so strong it is tough to watch. It is not popcorn entertainment,...

So Far and Yet So Near

By red carpet moviequeen
A Separation provides the viewer with up close insight to a society seldom seen except through the distant lens of the media. At the same time it dwells on universal issues of family, loyalties,...

A revelation

By williekiss
What a fabulous movie. So many aspects of life are touched on.The acting is superb and it's fascinating to see normal middle-class life in Iran. There are no good guys or bad guys and anything and...

Good story .. good acting ,,, good director

By sravandi
The only thing , I can say , Its just a open window to see the other world culture , life , family ,... The acting were good and also director was worked well....

Should have been a Best Picture nominee!

By jdowney3
This is a superbly crafted drama, showing life in great complexity--that's it's very complicated. Never mind that it's Iranian with subtitles; it is simply a great movie....

It's all in the details

By kldavis
I read an interview with the movie's creator before I read a review or saw the movie.I'm glad I did. He emphasized how subtle messages must be to make it past the censors, which changed how I watched...

This really was an excellent movie...

By donmontalvo
...aside from prestine acting, and photography, the story was awesome. Recommending this to everyone I know. Don Montalvo, TX...

A Separation

By jagjaxon
Great film! You will be thinking and talking about it for some time. It provides a good look at two couples in Iran and how husbands and wives interact in that society. The main premise my husband...

Independent Films are over rated

By TheMunce
This was an entertaining movie but not even close to being a good movie. I am tired of independent film writers being lazy by not ending their movie and instead just leaving the audience hanging....

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Rated PG-13 | For Mature Thematic Material
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Common Sense Media says Intense but rewarding Iranian drama has complex characters.
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