The 25 Saddest Movies Ever Made

25. A Separation

Filmmaker Asghar Farhadi captures both the disintegration of a marriage and the broader norms of contemporary Iran in this harrowing drama. Winner of Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, it chronicles a woman’s attempt to leave the country with her husband and daughter. When her husband refuses to abandon his sick father, the woman sues for divorce. A master twister of plots and personalities, Farhadi gets exemplary performances from his ensemble cast — notably the redheaded Hatami and the saintly, volcanic Bayat.

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