A Separation

Nader and Simin have been married 14 years and have a daughter just weeks away from her 11th birthday and some important exams. However, they’re getting separated. They haven’t fallen out and bear no ill will towards one another, but circumstances require them to live apart. Simin (Leila Hatami) wants a better life for herself and her daughter Termeh (Sarina Farhadi), which she believes is impossible whilst living in Iran, so she wishes to move out of the country to live with her mother. However, her husband Nader (Peyman Mooadi) needs to stay to look after his father (Ali-Asghar Shahbazi) who suffers from Alzheimer’s.
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The Past

This review was originally written for Blueprint: Review.

Marie-Anne has something of a fractured home life. Her husband Ahmad, from whom she has been separated for four years, has returned from Iran to France at her behest to finalise their divorce papers, however his lack of reliability in the past left her with doubts of his arrival this time, so no hotel was booked and he is stuck sharing a room with Marie-Anne’s new boyfriend’s young son, whose mother remains in a coma. Add to this Marie-Anne’s rebellious teenage daughter Lucie, from the husband before Ahmad, who refuses to be even civil towards Marie-Anne’s new partner Samir, and a closet full of skeletons just desperate to fall out, and you’ve got a pot that’s not just simmering, but threatening to boil over.
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