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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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Storyline

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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17 May 2013 (France)  »

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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 she 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 alongside the director Jacques Audiard and her co-star Matthias Schoenaerts. Bérénice Bejo replaced her. See more »

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Shahryar: You weren't a person who gets used to this country. You should stay in one side of the stream. You can't put one of your foots on one side and the other foot in the other side! Stream will get bigger at the end.
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As an Iranian, I have respect for Farhadi and I expected a marvelous film, and it was! He once again proved that a film can be watchable even without visual arts, thrilling action scenes or sexual materials. The structure of the story is somewhat similar to A Separation: two parallel stories of two families. Several twists and surprises convince you to stick to your seat to the end. There's no excessive dialog. You have to listen carefully and memorize all the details. It has a very interesting ending; even when the cast was shown I was watching what would happen next(!) and the audience were leaving the cinema while talking about the open ending. I have planned to watch this masterpiece several times. I give it 10 stars because it deserves this.


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