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Le passé (2013)

PG-13 | | 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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Léa
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Valéria Cavalli ...
Valeria
Aleksandra Klebanska ...
Céline
Jean-Michel Simonet ...
Médecin
Pierre Guerder ...
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Anne-Marion de Cayeux ...
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Eléonora Marino ...
Collègue Marie
Jonathan Devred ...
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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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Drama | Mystery

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

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17 May 2013 (France)  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$1,330,596 (USA) (11 April 2014)
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Official submission of Iran to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category. See more »

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Médecin: In this situation, every certainty is a doubtful!
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Featured in 71st Golden Globe Awards (2014) See more »

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Magie d'aéroports
by Michael Boumendil (as Michaël Boumendil), Stéphane Horeczko
© (p) Sixième Son
Avec l'aimable autorisation d'Aéroports de Paris et de Sixième Son
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a dazzling drama about the past
18 May 2013 | by (Brussels, Belgium) – See all my reviews

This film was highly expected among the cinephiles and film critics who had watched the Oscar-winning film "A Separation". this is the first time the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi makes a movie which is not only not in his native language (Persian), but he can't even speak a word of it! he seems to have done a great job. the main theme ,like his previous movies, is family relations and here we can see a detailed observation of the effects of the past in our life. we can't get rid of our pasts, but only carry it along...

The actors and actresses are in the right places. Ali Mosaffa powerfully portrays an Iranian man who comes to France in order to officialize his divorce with Marie(Bérénice Bejo), which is now living with his new boyfriend (Tahar Rahim). both Bejo and Rahim deliver promising performances and the young Belgian actress Pauline Burlet shows that her lack of experience can't prevent her from shining among the other stars of the film.the actors in supporting roles like the two kids(Elyes Aguis and Jeanne Jestin) are properly chosen and remind us of our childhood when we don't carry any packages from the past.

Many people from different countries worked in this movie together to show us as a result that the human sentiments is the universal language and we don't necessarily need our mother tongues to communicate.


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