Jodaeiye Nader az Simin [A Separation] (2011)

Jodaeiye Nader az Simin
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Writer: Asghar Farhadi
Cast: Peyman Maadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini, Sarina Farhadi

Nader (Peyman Maadi) and Simin (Leila Hatami) are in the middle of getting a divorce. Simin got a visa for them to leave Iran and provide opportunities for their daughter Termeh (Sarina Farhadi) she would otherwise not have. But Nader’s father (Ali-Asghar Shahbazi) suffers from Alzheimer’s and Nader doesn’t want to leave him behind. When the court doesn’t agree with their divorce, they separate and Nader hires Razieh (Sareh Bayat) to help him take care of his father. But Razieh is under a lot of pressure herself and the situation quickly escalates.

The film is well acted and an interesting look at Iranian society but it just left me absolutely and astoundingly cold. And without that emotional connection, it was boring.

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