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2,449 Ratings

The Past

Le passé

Directed by Asghar Farhadi
France, Italy, 2013
Drama, Mystery


Following a four year separation, Ahmad returns to Paris from Tehran, upon his French wife Marie’s request, in order to finalize their divorce procedure. During his brief stay, Ahmad discovers the conflicting nature of Marie’s relationship with her daughter Lucie.

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The Past Directed by Asghar Farhadi
These techniques combine to such powerful effect in large part due to Farhadi’s meticulousness as an artist. Though in “The Past” he’s working in French, a language he doesn’t speak, the nuances in every line of his script seem precisely calibrated.
December 20, 2013
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It’s another finely acted domestic drama from Farhadi, with a script that forces moviegoers to reassess the characters many times, and with elegant camerawork that constantly reveals new bits of information.
December 19, 2013
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It’s one of the most thoughtful and provocative filmic meditations that I’ve encountered concerning the myriad ways that the past presses up threateningly against the present while actions in the present often seek—consciously or not—to recreate moments or feelings from our past—always, of course, to imperfect effect.
October 10, 2013
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