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A Separation

This  award-winning film focuses on  a middle-class couple who separate, and the intrigues which follow when the husband hires a carer for his elderly father. It won the Golden Bear for Best Film, the first iranian film to do so, and the Silver Bears for Best Actress and Best Actor at last year's Berlin Film Festival. It also recently won the Golden Globe and the Oscar for best Foreign Language Film. 
 
Nader and Simin live with their eleven-year-old daughter in Tehran. An urban upper middle-class couple, they are on the verge of separation. Simin wants to leave the country as she does not want her daughter to grow up under the prevailing conditions. This is not shared by Nader who is concerned for his elderly father, who lives with the family and suffers from Alzheimer's disease. When Nader decides to stay in Iran, Simin files for divorce.
 
The court rejects Simin's application and she moves back in with her parents. Nader hires Razieh, a young, pregnant and deeply religious woman from a poor suburb, to care for his father when he goes to work. 

This new arrangement is a catalyst to the events of the rest of the film – warning: they are indicated in the trailer linked opposite. Small decisions have big repercussions and we’re never sure who’s right or wrong as the debate drags in others including Razieh’s hot-headed husband, her daughter, a teacher and a judge.

The film shows the 
story from various viewpoints. It prods gently at middle-class entitlement but avoids coming down on the side of less worldly characters

 



This powerful, complex Iranian drama centres on a conflict that cuts across boundaries of gender and class”  - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“…a thrilling domestic drama that offers acute insights into human motivations and behavior as well as a compelling look at what goes on behind a particular curtain that almost never gets raised”  - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.

 “…a landmark film. No way will you be able to get it out of your head.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Link to trailer
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