The Past

The Past

The Past

From multi-award-winning writer/director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation) comes this domestic cross-cultural drama starring Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) as a French mother of two who enters a new relationship when her Iranian husband Ahmad deserts them. Bejo won Best Actress for her performance as Marie at Festival de Cannes 2013.

"Following a four year separation, Ahmad returns to Paris from Tehran, upon Marie’s request, in order to finalise their divorce procedure. During his brief stay, Ahmad discovers the conflicting nature of Marie’s relationship with her daughter Lucie. Ahmad’s efforts to improve this relationship soon unveil a secret from their past." (Cannes Film Festival)

Best Actress and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury winner at Cannes Film Festival 2013
2013Rating: M, Adult themes130 minsFrance, ItalyFrench and Persian with English subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema
Director:
Asghar Farhadi ('A Separation', 'Fireworks Wednesday', 'Beautiful City', 'Dancing in the Dust')
Writer:
Asghar FarhadiMassoumeh Lahidji
Cast:
Bérénice BejoTahar RahimAli MosaffaPauline Burlet

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Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation) heads to France for this tightly-wound drama about a broken love triangle and its ripple effects on a modern-day imperfect blended family. When Ahmad comes to stay at Marie’s rickety home in a non-descript Parisian suburb he doesn’t turn up as the evil ex. Farhadi’s too perceptive a filmmaker to conjure up villains and victims - instead he directs an elegant domestic drama to feel more like a mystery. Gradually the past is unfurled to reveal who has done good and who has done bad and how that inescapably fuels the present, no matter what new direction lives take.

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Variety

Variety

An indelible tapestry of carefully engineered revelations and deeper human truths.

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Time Out

Time Out

It’s almost impossible to describe the narrative specifics of The Past without making the movie seem ridiculously hammy. Indeed, several twists involving Samir, a dry cleaner with plenty of his own troubles, tip a bit into hoary melodramatics.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The narrative complications can be distracting, at times exasperating, but they're finally irrelevant because Mr. Farhadi's filmmaking is so fluid...

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It is an intricate and often brilliant drama, with restrained and intelligent performances; there is an elegantly patterned mosaic of detail, unexpected plot turns, suspenseful twists and revelations.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

Farhadi isn’t interested in judging his characters so much as comprehending them in all their complexity, and registering the consequences of their actions, particularly on children.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi pursues his exploration of guilt, choice and responsibility in a superbly written, directed and acted drama that commands attention every step of the way.

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