A married couple are faced with a difficult decision – to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer’s disease.
“A Separation” is a 2011 Iranian drama film written and directed by Asghar Farhadi. The film revolves around the separation of a middle-class couple, Nader and Simin, who have different plans for their future. Simin wants to move abroad with their daughter, Termeh, while Nader wants to stay in Iran to take care of his elderly father who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.
After Simin files for divorce and moves out of their home, Nader hires a young woman named Razieh to take care of his father while he’s at work. However, Razieh has her own problems, including a troubled marriage and a pregnancy that she tries to keep hidden from her husband.
The story takes a dramatic turn when Razieh accuses Nader of pushing her down the stairs during an altercation, causing her to miscarry. The film then follows the legal and moral complexities that arise as the characters struggle to find the truth and deal with the consequences of their actions.
“A Separation” received critical acclaim and won numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012. It is widely regarded as one of the best Iranian films ever made, and it offers a poignant exploration of the social, cultural, and moral issues faced by modern Iranian society.