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      The Past

      PG-13 Released Dec 20, 2013 2h 10m Drama Mystery & Thriller List
      92% Tomatometer 158 Reviews 83% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings An Iranian man (Tahar Rahim) returns to France to finalize his divorce and finds that his estranged wife (Bérénice Bejo) has a new lover (Ali Mosaffa). Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Beautifully written, sensitively directed, and powerfully acted, The Past serves as another compelling testament to Asghar Farhadi's gift for finely layered drama.

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      Kate Muir Times (UK) No one wins in this ambiguous, accomplished film, which ends by burdening the audience with a secret that none of the characters will ever know. Jan 1, 2018 Full Review Francesca Steele Independent (UK) The Past never forgets its domestic focus, and [Asghar] Farhadi's keen eye for subtle emotional shifts keeps the story afloat. Aug 11, 2017 Full Review Ryan Gilbey New Statesman While Farhadi's eye for detail is as unsparing as ever, his style this time around has begun to look formulaic. Apr 3, 2014 Full Review Ezequiel Obregón EscribiendoCine A solidly told and performed story that will bring welcomed uncertainty to its audience. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 8/10 Sep 9, 2022 Full Review Diego Batlle Otroscines.com The performers are impeccably directed by a director who even when not at his best, always delivers much to enjoy and analyze for cinephiles. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 3.5/5 Aug 31, 2022 Full Review Keith Garlington Keith & the Movies Farhadi allows “The Past” to show a social conscience that speaks to greater ills in modern society. At the same time this is a very ground-level story between several damaged yet culpable characters... Rated: 4.5/5 Aug 24, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Kevin L Yet another master class piece of filmmaking from the great Asghar Farhadi. Both as director and as writer (along with Massoumeh Lahidji), Farhadi shows a deft hand at bringing to the screen with such authenticity very weighty issues and behavior of people everywhere when it comes to the dynamics of family, romantic relationships, and specifically infidelity. The writing shows a highly perceptive grasp of the human psyche and how we will react/respond to the words and actions of others based on our needs and our relationship to them. Throw in the innate dangers of jealousy, presumption, fear, and depression, and the seeds are sown for very precarious developments. Key points that are revealed, such as who the now comatose wife took such hienous action in front of, or who was working the day Lucie called, shows the experience and maturity Farhadi has as a storyteller. The layers of understanding, misunderstanding, guilt, misplaced and mistaken guilt, avoidance, and childhood fears and confusion played out in just over two hours are are well composed in the writing, but the actors are very impressive as well. Bejo (Marie-Anne) and Mosaffa (Ahmed) as the divorcing couple and Pauline Burlet as Lucie, Marie's daughter from another marriage, all give note worthy performances. The kids, Ouazani and Rahim are good as well. The ambiguity in the final scene is appropriate as well. Are we, the viewers, optimistic, cynical, in denial, or lost in the past? 4.2 stars I'm never disappointed by this man. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 12/25/22 Full Review mike v The Past (French: Le Passé) is a 2013 French–Italian–Iranian drama film, written and directed by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi 🎥 Oof, this isn't good 🙁 Probably give it a miss 👎🏼 Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Iranian director Asghar Farhadi leaves behind his native homeland to tackle his first attempt on the European stage. In this case, it's France but it really doesn't matter where he chooses to base his story as his ability to convey relationship dramas is universal. This is another fine example of Farhadi's ability to write intricate stories and tease the audience, layer upon layer. There a genuine depth, subtlety and substance to Farhadi's films and further confirmation that he's a genuine master at work. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Bill Your review will help others decide whether to watch. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/05/21 Full Review Audience Member Complicated and sad domestic drama. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Slow burner but some good themes come out of it. Quite an adult film. Complexities of bringing baggage to a new relationship in middle age are explored here. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis An Iranian man (Tahar Rahim) returns to France to finalize his divorce and finds that his estranged wife (Bérénice Bejo) has a new lover (Ali Mosaffa).
      Director
      Asghar Farhadi
      Producer
      Alexandre Mallet-Guy
      Screenwriter
      Asghar Farhadi, Massoumeh Lahidji
      Distributor
      Sony Pictures Classics
      Production Co
      Alvy Distribution, Memento Films Production, BIM Distribuzione, France 3 Cinéma, CN3 Productions
      Rating
      PG-13 (Mature Thematic Material|Brief Strong Language)
      Genre
      Drama, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      French (France)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 20, 2013, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 25, 2014
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $1.3M
      Runtime
      2h 10m
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.85:1)
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