Blu-ray, DVD Release: A Separation

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 21, 2012
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99
Studio: Sony

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Complications arise when Leila Hatami and Peyman Moadi plan their divorce in A Separation.

The 2011 Iranian drama film A Separation racked up a whole lot of honors in 2012, including the Academy Award, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Language film.

Set in contemporary Iran, the movie is about the dissolution of a marriage: Simin (Leila Hatami) wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader (Peyman Moadi) and daughter Termeh (Sarina Farhadi) and sues for divorce when Nader refuses to leave behind his Alzheimer-suffering father (Ali-Asghar Shahbazi).  Her request having failed, Simin returns to her parents’ home but, Termeh decides to stay with Nader. When Nader hires a young woman (Sareh Bayat) to assist with his father in his wife’s absence, he hopes that his life will return to a normal state. But serious complications soon ensue and Nader realizes that there is more on the line than just his marriage.

A Separation is written, directed and produced by Asghar Farhadi Farhadi (he was also Oscar-nominated for his screenplay), who describes his film as “a detective story without any detectives.  The audience is the one in charge of solving the puzzle.”

The acclaimed PG-13-rated film also won awards from the National Board of Review, New York Film Critics Circle, Berlin International Film Festival, France’s César Awards and the Fajr Film Festival before its limited release to theaters in the U.S. in December, 2011. It has since grossed some $7 million at the domestic box office.

Presented in Persian with English subtitles, the Blu-ray and DVD of the film contain the following bonus features:

  • Commentary by director Asghar Farhadi
  • “An Evening with Asghar Farhadi” featurette
  • “Birth of a Director” featurette


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.