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A Separation

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What's it About

Middle-class Nader (Moaadi) and wife Simin (Hatami) decide to separate, because she wants to leave Iran to give young daughter Termeh (Farhadi) a better life, while he feels compelled to stay and care for his Alzheimer-afflicted father (Shahbazi). With their conflict unresolved, Simin moves in across town with her mother, while Nader hires Razieh (Bayat) to nurse his father while he’'s at work. A random incident then puts Nader and Razieh in conflict, which escalates once her hot-headed husband Hojjat (Hosseini) becomes involved.

Why we love it

The first Iranian film to win an Oscar or Golden Globe (Best Foreign Language Film for both), “"Separation"” is a spellbinding, richly layered drama about class, family, faith, and justice in modern-day Tehran. The script, direction, and acting are pitch-perfect and marvelously nuanced, with special praise going to Farhadi (the director’'s daughter) as Termeh, the emotional center of the movie. An ambiguous ending feels like the perfect close to a film that explores deep moral complexities. A triumph all around, and a must-see film. 

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"