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The Past(Le passé)

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France, Italy, Belgium · 2013
Rated PG-13 · 2h 10m
Director Asghar Farhadi
Starring Bérénice Bejo, Ali Mosaffa, Tahar Rahim, Pauline Burlet
Genre Drama, Mystery

After four years apart, Ahmad returns to his wife, Marie, in order to advance their divorce. During his brief stay, he cannot help noticing the strained relationship between Marie and her daughter, Lucie. As he attempts to improve matters between mother and daughter, Ahmad unwittingly lifts the lid on a long buried secret...

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Slant Magazine by Chuck Bowen

Farhadi navigates his complicated narrative thicket with an apparent ease that confirms yet again that he's an amazing talent, but here he isn't able to blend the brushstrokes as he has in prior films.


Time Out London by Dave Calhoun

It’s intricate and often mature as drama, but it’s also meandering and at times heavy-handed, even melodramatic, and the tight control of time, place and action which made ‘A Separation’ so gripping is just not there.


The Hollywood Reporter by Deborah Young

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.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Farhadi's new movie confirms his unique ability to explore how constant chatter and anguished outbursts obscure the capacity for honest communication.

86 by Jordan Hoffman

The Past is just about as good as a relationship drama is ever going to get. The plot is teased out with deliberate grace, the performances are sublime and the revelations, even the most melodramatic, feel right and true. It’s big canvas stuff painted by a new master.


The Playlist by Kevin Jagernauth

This is a tremendously well written piece of work, with impressively developed characters, with scene after scene that further enriches and deepens our comprehension of their actions, yet never judges any of them. It certainly helps that Farhadi gets quartet of excellent, pitch perfect performances.


Village Voice by Nick Schager

Bolstered by performances that convey profound grief and remorse without look-at-me histrionics, The Past is steeped in the believable micro details of its scenario while also expanding to universals.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

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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