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The Past (2013)
"Le passé" (original title)

 -  Drama | Mystery  -  17 May 2013 (France)
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An Iranian man deserts his French wife and her 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.

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Céline
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Eléonora Marino ...
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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 Hossein sr

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$29,270 (USA) (20 December 2013)

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$1,330,596 (USA) (11 April 2014)
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Ahmad: When did you meet each other?
Marie Brisson: In drugstore. He came to get his wife's medicines.
[Ahmad sneers ]
Marie Brisson: What?
Ahmad: In our culture is laughing.
Marie Brisson: But in our culture is mocking!
[They discuss with each other]
Marie Brisson: Just your hair became white!
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All the Good Things from 'A Separation' is Relived in Le Passe
5 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

Asghar Farhadi is fast becoming my favourite storyteller of the century. Bringing Le Passe into the screen after his success with A Separation (I haven't watched Elly yet), I am happy to see the same elements (which made Separation memorable) existent in this film.

Both films at the core are focused on family drama, but different challenges altogether. Separation deals with the complexities on a religious viewpoint, and requires swift, high-level decision-making and clever communication skills to undo what could go awry easily in many places. Le Passe's challenge is different in my opinion, it is about the complications on relationship issues - something that is much more relatable to many families out there - that always appear irrational, devastating, and at times result in repercussions through generations.

Farhadi's skills as a filmmaker are unmatched - every single moment in this film is not wasted. His stories are like humanity itself, where things do not appear as they are on the surface and there is always something that more than meets the eye. Similar to Separation, in Le Passe, we see layers upon layers of twists, uncertainties, and agenda unfold and it ends up with the audience knowing that things cannot conclude with a simple solution. These factors, packed with impeccable performances by the lead cast members, are fortunately very very realistic i.e. not over-dramatic or nonsensical(though a lot of shouting war was shown).

The combination of brilliant, intelligent storytelling and impressive delivery of emotional performance is certainly what La vie d'Adèle fail to match - Le Passe is my top film to win the foreign Oscars this year!


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