The Past

The Past  {Le passé}
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The Past
Le passé
Iran, 2013, 130 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Italy/France
Topics: Drama, Romance
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: French English Sub-Titles

Awards: Cannes: Best Actress

Returning from Tehran after several years away, Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) arrives in France to finalize divorce proceedings from his wife, Marie ("The Artist"’s Bérénice Bejo). Despite his resolve to remain detached, he’s soon drawn back into her home (she hasn’t booked him the hotel room he requested) and into renewed emotional turbulence with the revelations that Marie is on the point of marrying again, to another immigrant, Samir (Tahar Rahim, "A Prophet"), and her teenage daughter from a previous liaison is adamantly opposed to the union for reasons that go beyond predictable adolescent recalcitrance.

Following up on his Academy Award®-winning "A Separation", Asghar Farhadi has fashioned another impressive, intelligent, dense, knotty, and revealing movie about relationships – the things that bind people together, and the things that pull them apart.

“As familiar as they are often unpredictable, Farhadi’s finely etched characters are forever revealing new sides of themselves to the camera, pulling the viewer’s sympathies every which way as the human condition is not just examined but anatomized.”
- Justin Chang, Variety

Winner: Best Actress and Ecumenical Prize, Cannes; Best Screenplay, Durban Film Festival; Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film, Golden Globe Awards

DIRECTOR: Asghar Farhadi
Producer: Alexandre Mallet-Guy
Editor: Juliette Welfling
Screenwriter: Asghar Farhadi
Cinematographer: Mahmoud Kalari
Music: Evgueni Galperine, Youli Galaperine
Principal Cast: Ali Mosaffa, Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Pauline Burlet, Jeanne Jestin, Sabrina Ouazani
Filmography: A Seperation (2011)
About Elly (2009)
Fireworks Wednesday (2006)
Beautiful City (2004)
Dancing in the Dust (2003)
Print Source: Sony Pictures Classics

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