Director: Asghar Farhadi
Stars: Peyman Moaadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat
Plot: 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.
Director Asghar Farhadi's first idea for the movie was the image of a man washing his father, who had Alzheimer's. He built the rest of the film around that scene.
The director's daughter, Sarina Farhadi, who plays Termeh, shared the Best Actress (ensemble) Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.
The first Iranian film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Most of the movie was shot using a handheld camera.
First Iranian film to win an Oscar.
In the opening credits, the two ID cards being photocopied belong to Hediyeh Tehrani and Hamid Farokhnezhad, the two actors who played a couple heading for divorce in Farhadi's previous film Fireworks Wednesday (2006).
The second Iranian film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The first was Children of Heaven (1997).
No background score was used in the whole movie except for the end credits.
The film was released under the name "The Separation of Nader and Simin" in Iran.
At the end, many viewers are confused about what actually happened to the money that drives the series of misunderstandings throughout plot. The missing money, which Nader accuses Razieh of stealing, is the same money that Simin takes to pay the movers at the very beginning of the movie.
Naders father dies at the end of the film. It is an Iranian tradition to wear black clothes after the death of someone. Close relatives will wear the black clothes for 40 days. In the final scene, we see the whole family in black, and it's clear that the grandfather has passed away.
As per Iranian law women depicted in movies will always have to wear a scarf. The director played a nice trick like including the presence of a strange man in the house all the time, e.g., the old man to the maid, the guy fixing the TV in Simin's mother house, and the lenders, or by shooting after the woman had just arrived in the house so she wouldn't have time to change her clothes or while she is ready to leave.
In September 2010, Farhadi was banned from making the film by the Iranian Ministry because of an acceptance speech held during an award ceremony where he expressed support for several Iranian film personalities. Notably he had wished to see the return to Iranian cinema of Mohsen Makhmalbaf, an exiled filmmaker and Iranian opposition profile, and of the imprisoned political filmmaker Jafar Panahi, both of whom had been connected to the Iranian Green Movement. The ban was lifted in the beginning of October after Farhadi claimed to have been misperceived and apologized for his remarks.