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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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Asghar Farhadi

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Asghar Farhadi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bérénice Bejo ... Marie Brisson
Ali Mosaffa ... Ahmad
Tahar Rahim ... Samir
Pauline Burlet ... Lucie
Elyes Aguis ... Fouad
Jeanne Jestin Jeanne Jestin ... Léa
Sabrina Ouazani ... Naïma
Babak Karimi ... Shahryar
Valéria Cavalli ... Valeria
Aleksandra Klebanska Aleksandra Klebanska ... Céline
Jean-Michel Simonet Jean-Michel Simonet ... Médecin
Pierre Guerder Pierre Guerder ... Juge
Anne-Marion de Cayeux Anne-Marion de Cayeux ... Avocate
Eléonora Marino Eléonora Marino ... Collègue Marie
Jonathan Devred Jonathan Devred ... Agent aéroport
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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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Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

France | Italy | Belgium | Iran

Language:

French | Persian

Release Date:

17 May 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El pasado See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Asghar Farhadi's 6th feature film. See more »

Quotes

Lucie: Don't tell me that I grew up; when you don't think that I grew up!
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2013 (2013) 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 Staggering Masterpiece of Intricate Human Drama.
12 November 2013 | by CinemaClownSee all my reviews

From one of world cinema's highly respected filmmakers & the writer-director of Iranian film classics like Fireworks Wednesday, About Elly & A Separation, The Past (also known as Le passé) is Asghar Farhadi's first film that isn't set in his native country or language yet just like his earlier features, it manages to work effectively as a staggering masterpiece of intricate human drama.

The Past is an observation of our own past lives & how it always retains an ability to seep into our present n alter the course of our future for better or worse. It concerns an Iranian man who arrives in France to finalise the divorce procedures with his estranged wife who's in a relationship with another married man. Things are set in motion when his stepdaughter makes a shocking revelation about the wife of her mother's lover.

Once again, Asghar Farhadi has done a fabulous job with the script & direction as The Past makes effective use of all his trademarks in the same impressive manner as his previous works. The meticulously crafted screenplay uses just truth & lies to build up doubts in our minds, which is further complicated by the cleverly executed twists & turns in its narration. All other aspects are wonderfully carried out & never distracts from the main story.

Coming to the acting department, the wholehearted performances by the entire cast gives this film an authentic feel & makes the drama much more convincing. The cast comprises of Ali Mosaffa, Bérénice Bejo, Tahir Rahim & Pauline Burlet, and everyone chips in with brilliant contributions but the most impressive work comes from Bejo who's absolutely volcanic in her role & her Best Actress Award at 2013 Cannes Film Festival was very well-deserved.

The real beauty of Farhadi's features is that there never is a conflict between right n wrong but two rights instead & that's what makes his stories all the more morally complex. His latest is the first film that brings him out of his comfort zone yet Farhadi proves that he's a master storyteller for The Past is an intriguing portrait of human relationships that carries a universal appeal & its only downfall is its inevitable comparison to A Separation, something it can't do anything about.

Sure the numerous twists do seem to pile up & can become a bit exhausting plus the story feels longer than its 130 minutes of runtime due to its gradual pacing but there is also no denying that it's neat enough to be considered a great piece of cinema. On an overall scale, with its assured direction, original script, talented cast & outstanding performances, The Past is storytelling at its most refined that presents a genius filmmaker at the very top of his game & is one of world cinema's finest films of its year, if not the finest.


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