An Iranian man deserts his French wife and two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife's request for a divorce.
A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.
A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Thomas Bo Larsen,
Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.
Coming back to accomplish the divorce procedure, Ahmad an Iranian man, arrives in Paris after four years to meet his ex-wife and her daughters from her previous marriage. He notices his ex is in a relationship with an Arab named Samir who also has a son and a wife in a coma. The relationship of the older daughter and her mother is in deterioration because the daughter thinks her mother is the cause of Samir's wife comatose state. The affairs get more complicated when the older daughter discloses something heinous she has done. Written by
During Bérénice Bejo's audition director Asghar Farhadi had her fill her cheeks with cotton and put makeup on because he was looking for someone with a round face to better express doubt and thought Bejo's face was too oval. See more »
Being one of the very few international movies played in the Iranian cinemas, I wish to express my genuine gratitude to every single being involved in this masterpiece. there is no single glow of acting or directing, the movie is a solid work of perfection in all aspects.
Taking the performances into consideration, Bérénice Bejo was truly living the movie. Confrontations of Marie and Ahmad, accurately resembles the cultural and personal differenced between two geographically distant people who used to be in love and still have strong feelings for each other. Naïma's actions shows the true, gray side of human beings which is accompanied with lies and deceit. Lucie is a strangely well-played teenager played by an unbelievably young and talented actress, which deeply reminds us of the sensitivity and dangers of that stage of life.
And last but definitely not least Samir, who is perhaps the main character of the movie, reminds us of the very nature of love. His sensitive character, still not fully capable of emotionally bearing the fact that the mother of his son is now in coma because of a not yet well-reasoned suicide, is struggling in his new love life. the true nature of this dilemma is more and more explained when we find out that Samir is still in love with his ex-wife and blames himself for her suicide.
Not to deny the greatness of Farhadi's "a separation" but as far as quality goes "the past" is a perfect and unrepeatable event in every aspect. The Past touches us deepest in our true feelings. Reminding us of the mistakes we have made in our past.
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