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A Staggering Masterpiece of Intricate Human Drama.
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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