Director: Asghar Farhadi
Cast: Leila Hatami, Peyman Moaadi,Shahab Hosseini,Sareh Bayat,Sarina Farhadi
A Separation is an Iranian film directed by Asghar Farhadi released in 2011. I can say its a rarest kind of film in recent years.A very true, honest and one of the powerful films i have seen so far. I was amazed by the Iranian kind of film making .Its beyond words to describe the beauty and the quality of film making which reached to even better its higher level after watching this film.Sure A Separation creates an impact for its viewers.
Nader (Peyman Moaadi ) and Simin (Leila Hatami) were married and lives together for 14 years.They have a school going daughter of 11 years old named Termeh (Sarina Farhadi ). Simin wish to leave the country and settle abroad.But Nader needs to take care of his Alzheimer’s deceased father and wish to stay back. Due to some misunderstanding and life style issues they file for the divorce.The court rejects Simin’s request for the divorce due to insufficient reasons.
Simin takes her belongings and leaves for her parents house.Termeh wish to stay with her father and she also urges her mother to stay along with the family.Simin aranges a woman maid servant named Razieh (Sareh Bayat) for the family and leaves the house. Razieh brings her young daughter along with her when she came for the house work.She finds the job bit difficult as she also needs to take care of Alzheimer deceased old man in the house as she is pregnant.When one day Nader and Termeh returns home they were shocked to see Termeh’s father lying on the floor with hands tied up to the bed.
Razieh returns home and after a heavy quarrel, Nader pushes Razieh out of the house and she fell down on the apartment stairs.She gets miscarriage and her husband Hodjat (Shahab Hosseini) gets angry over Nader and files a police complaint.Simin arranges for a money deal for Hodjat and Razieh. As Hodjat is in need of money for his debts accepts the offer after deep considration.On the day when Nader and family goes to Razieh’s home for giving the amount, Nader demands that Razieh need to promise on Quran that he is the sole reason for the miscarriage happened for her.As Razieh was not much sure as earlier a car has hitted her day before her miscarriage she refuses to accept the amount as she highly believes in religious beliefs.
Hodjat leaves the home angrily after throwing things away.Nader and family leaves the place withholding the money and Later all three Simin ,Nader and Termeh goes to a court and files their divorce again before the magistrate.All three wears their cloths in black which signifies the death of Nader’s father according to Iranian tradition.Both Nader and Simin were given divorce this time and the magistrate asks Termeh for her opinion to whom she wish to live.Termeh wants her parents to stay outside when she tell magistrate about her decission.The film ends as Nader and Simin waits outside for Termeh and the films credits started comming up.The film ends as the decission of Termeh is unrivaled for its viewers.
Brilliant performances by the entire cast i mean literally by each and everyone, and the movies powerful script and screenplay and Asghar Farhadi direction made this film a remarkable one on the world cinema. I world rather say that the Academy Awards has decorated itself by presenting Best Foreign language film award for this one.The recognition for Iranian movies has been a long-awaited one since it has been missed by Majid Majidi’s Children of Heaven. Iranian film industry deserves it.Also i was amazed when i saw the list of accolades the film has won all over the world, not by its numbers but for the true recognition for this Iranian film throught the world.A Separation is power packed and a must watch.