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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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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

17 May 2013 (France)  »

Also Known As:

El pasado  »

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Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,270, 20 December 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,330,596, 13 April 2014
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1.85 : 1
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Asghar Farhadi's first film which is not in his native Persian language. See more »


Ahmad: Eat it now. You'll never get a chance to eat Gorme Sabzi
[an Iranian food]
Ahmad: in future. Unless you'll marry to a fun Iranian husband and you Fouad, an Iranian wife.
Fouad: What does an Iranian woman look like?
Ahmad: Like me!
[Ahmad moves his hands like a woman! They laugh]
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Beautiful and Heartbreaking
10 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

I just came home from seeing the movie, so it's fresh in my mind right now.

the qualities that this movie has: 1. masterfully directed 2. wonderfully written screenplay (the opening, the ending and the exchanged dialogs are all very well- written.very close to reality.no cheesy scenes.believable) 3. amazing performances

Most of the people who watch this movie, already have "A Separation" in their mind and are automatically comparing the two movies the entire time of watching.I kind of was doing the same thing. but I stopped that thought and tried to enjoy this and focus on this movie only.I'm glad I did so.in my opinion, the two movies are different.this one has a different theme and atmosphere and it's romantic at times. there was more tension in "A Separation" and almost all scenes were showing a stressful moment.but this movie has some scenes in between that are calmer.so it might be considered slow by some, which again I think, is because it's being compared with the director's previous work.

I personally think "The past" is a very well-made movie with an interesting story and a must see.I definitely recommend it to all movie lovers.

I give it a 10, cause I can't really think of anything in the film that I was bothered by, or any weaknesses.

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