Nader and Simin, a Separation – Review

On the surface is the story of a couple in crisis. The wife wants to leave Iran and take their daughter to a better life, but the husband refuses to leave as his father has Alzheimer’s and needs constant care. Far from the film focusing on their collapsing marriage as expected, it instead soon transitions into a court room drama as they battle with a couple hired to care for the sick father.

All the acting is top-notch and the handheld camera work lends a realistic aesthetic to the film. While the drama was engrossing and did inspire a healthy debate on the walk home afterwards, at two hours runtime this film is far too long. At one point the rather put upon judge asks the characters to stop repeating themselves and I couldn’t agree with him more.

Good but could be improved massively with some fine tuning in the editing room.