Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. She has already made all the necessary arrangements. Nader, however, is having second thoughts. He is worried about leaving behind his father, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. For this reason he decides to call off the trip altogether. As a result of Nader’s decision, Simin decides to sue for divorce at the family court. When her request is rejected, however, she refuses to live with Nader, moving instead into her parents’ home. Termeh decides to stay with her father, hoping that her mother will soon come back to live with them.Nader finds it difficult to cope with the new situation - not least because it turns out to be so time-consuming. And so he hires a young woman named Razieh to look after his father. This young woman is pregnant and has accepted the job without her husband’s knowledge. One day, Nader arrives home to find that not only has his father been left alone, he has also been tied to a table! When Razieh returns, a blazing row ensues, the tragic consequences of which not only shatter Nader’s life, but also the image his daughter Termeh has of her father.
«It's been a long time since I've last seen such a great movie. As I discovered it I felt like I had not seen a movie, but a piece of life.»― Fernando Pérez
«I love a little drama. And I love a lot of drama even more when it’s told right as in A Separation.»― Annemarie Jacir
«A Separation is a great film. A powerful and revealing portrait of the abrupt changes and the strong contradictions between tradition and modernity in a contemporary Iranian society.»― Paula Hernandez