Excerpt: Nader and Simin (Peyman Maadi, Leila Hatami) are going through a divorce, so she can go to America, though he needs to stay in Iran to watch over his Alzheimer's-stricken father; the custody of their 11-year-old daughter Termeh lays in the balance. When Nader hires a maid (Sareh Bayat) to watch his father while at work, her background from poverty and a lifestyle based on faith leads to an altercation with Nader that grows progressively worse as others become involved.
Excerpt: The Iranian family drama "A Separation" is a film that is foreign and alien, even as it is a universal tale. It is very much a film set in Iran and that feels like it could only be set in Iran as the Sharia laws hold prominence among the poor and middle class alike. But at the same time, it is also a husband and wife separating with their daughter caught in the middle.
Summary: From the title and description, one might reasonably assume A Separation focuses almost entirely on the difficult realities of a couple on the outs, with love in the rearview mirror and divorce a strong possibility -- even a foregone conclusion -- in the immediate future. That's certainly the foundation, but there's much more to Director Asghar Farhadi's ( About Elly ), wonderful A Separation , one of the most balanced, immersive, emotionally challenging, and...
Excerpt: The Film While divorce may be common in the United States, in Iran it is very different matter, and makes for the central plot of the Iran film A Separation . This acclaimed film, which won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and an Independent Spirit Award for best foreign language film, centers on Nader and Simin, who after 14 years of marriage are nearing the end of the line.
Pros: Actors: Peyman Moaadi, Leila Hatami, Directors: Asghar Farhadi, Audio Languages: Persian/Farsi 3.0 DTS-HD Master Audio, French, Subtitles: English, Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1, Number of Discs: 1, Rating: PG-13, Studio: Sony Pictures Classics, Release Date: August 21, 2012, Run Time: 123 minutes, List Price: $35.99, Extras: Director Commentary "An Evening with Asghar Farhadi" "Birth of a Director"
Excerpt: Nader (Peyman Moadi, About Elly ) and Simin (Leila Hatami, Leila ) are seeking a divorce. It's not that the Iranian couple has fallen out of love with each other; it's just that neither party is willing to budge on a certain matter. Simin wants to leave her country so that her daughter Termeh (Sarina Farhadi) can have a better life. Nader wants to stay so that he can continue to care for his Alzheimer's-afflicted father (Ali Asghar-Shahbazi).
Conclusion: I really enjoyed 'A Separation' but it's not the kind of enjoyment where you jump up from your couch in jubilation. This is an introspective movie that challenges you to think and feel. A movie that will lead your brain down one avenue and your heart down the other. I felt torn between the movie's characters wanting to proclaim my allegiance to all of them, but failing to fall in line with any of them.
Summary: Winner of Golden Bear Award for Best Film and Silver Bear Award for Best Actor at the Berlin International Film Festival, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's "Jodaeiye Nader az Simin" a.k.a "A Separation" (2011) arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of British distributors Artificial Eye. The supplemental features on the disc include the film's original theatrical trailer, two interviews with director Asghar Farhadi, and an interview with actress Leila Hatami.
Excerpt: Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation begins with the eponymous event: After 14 years of marriage, one that yielded an 11-year-old daughter (Sarina Farhadi), Leila Hatami opts to file for divorce from husband Peyman Moaadi over his refusal to take their family out of the country. And with that first yank of a loose thread, the entire sweater starts to unravel, carrying with it a devastating list of unforeseen consequences that drags all parties into the Iranian legal system and...