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The Past (2013)

Le passé (original title)
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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Jeanne Jestin ...
Léa
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Valéria Cavalli ...
Valeria
Aleksandra Klebanska ...
Céline
Jean-Michel Simonet ...
Médecin
Pierre Guerder ...
Juge
Anne-Marion de Cayeux ...
Avocate
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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$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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Marion Cotillard was originally cast in the lead role, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. When the shootings began in September 2012, her film Rust and Bone (2012) was selected to participate in many film festivals and Cotillard had to travel and promote it. Bérénice Bejo replaced her. Had Cotillard starred in the film, she would have played the mother of Pauline Burlet's character; Burlet played Édith Piaf as a child in La Vie en Rose (2007), while Cotillard played Piaf as an adult in the same film. See more »

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Lucie: Do you know why she fell in love with that jerk? Because he looked like you.
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Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2013 (2013) See more »

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A great story, simple and realistic.
28 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Drama is beautifully presented through a regular daily life we all have but barely pay enough attention to. The way all characters are involved in the story line, each playing a role in making us look at the story differently is astonishing. Also, the way Farhadi shows us how unreasonable we are when, without knowing a true story, judging, concluding and making decisions and even insisting on them is significant. He is a master, as he showed in his previous works particularly About Eli and A Separation, in combining characters with different mentality and let them complicate a story by their various rationality. Everything is gray in this movie which might be seen lighter or darker by the audience based on what character he or she makes better connection with.


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