Countless movies close with a couple coming together, but the exquisite A Separation opens as two people are pulling apart. Nader and Simin cannot agree on their family’s future, especially when staying in Tehran to care for an aging parent means sacrificing a new life for their daughter outside of Iran. When Simin moves out, a caregiver is hired, and the events that quickly follow place everyone in impossible situations. Asghar Farhadi’s riveting film, the first and only Oscar winner from his country, presents life in contemporary Iran through the lens of two struggling families. One of the most internationally honored movies of 2011, A Separation artfully employs one intimate story to expose a tapestry of flawed motivations and decisions that is anything but foreign.
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