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Directed by Asghar Farhadi • 2011 • Iran
Starring Payman Maadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat
Winner of the Academy Award for best foreign-language film, Asghar Farhadi’s masterful family drama explores social and class divisions within contemporary Iranian society via a gripping, morally complex portrait of a disintegrating marriage. Determined to start a new life outside of Iran, Simin (Leila Hatami) instigates divorce proceedings against her husband Nader (Peyman Maadi) who refuses to leave his ailing father. When Nader hires a poor, devoutly religious woman (Sareh Bayat) to help care for the older man, it sets off a chain reaction that draws all involved into an explosive ethical and legal minefield.