The Past (2013)

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Critic Consensus: Beautifully written, sensitively directed, and powerfully acted, The Past serves as another compelling testament to Asghar Farhadi's gift for finely layered drama.


Movie Info

An Iranian man reunites with his estranged wife (Bérénice Bejo) in Paris to finalize their divorce, which is soon complicated by a shocking revelation by her daughter from a previous marriage. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic material and brief strong language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Asghar Farhadi
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 25, 2014
Box Office: $1.3M
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site

Cast


as Samir

as Ahmad

as Shahriyar

as Shahriyar

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Critic Reviews for The Past

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (34)

In the end, so much of The Past just doesn't have that crucial ring of truth to it. Disappointing and underwhelming.

Full Review… | March 25, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

The revelations Farhadi relies on to propel the story are not as compelling as he gives them credit.

Full Review… | September 7, 2014
Under the Radar

One of the most impressive things about Farhadi's film is the way he reveals facts about the tale and his extraordinary timing in which he reveals them. The movie unfolds like a surprise birthday gift.

Full Review… | July 28, 2014
AwardsCircuit.com

Um filme povoado por pessoas que tentam encontrar sentido onde não há nenhum.

Full Review… | May 9, 2014
Cinema em Cena

It's a testament to Farhadi that I could even consider a movie as good as 'The Past' to be any kind of disappointment.

Full Review… | April 21, 2014
Columbus Alive

This slim and pretty terrific thriller may just prove to be the ultimate antidote to this summer's bloated superhero onslaught.

Full Review… | April 16, 2014
The Movie Minute

Audience Reviews for The Past

A movie with all the trappings of a insightful and intricate drama - the actors display all the emotions of rage, anger, sadness and confusion that failed relationships bring. Yet ultimately the film fails to be as meaningful of a character study as it thinks it is.

"Le Passé" (The Past) is brave enough to imply lots of things about humans but doesn't go as far to make you believe them. Once the central secret is revealed the film decides to become a mystery vs a human drama and then the proceedings just get more unbelievable as every twist gets revealed.

The performances are top-notch, though I wish Tahar Rahim was more commanding. Rahim, so revelatory in "A Prophet", fails to really connect with the character cohesively so it's hard to imagine why Berenice Bejo is with him. Her daughter implies a reason at one point but the film does nothing to explore that truth other than continue to imply it.

"The Past" is worth watching for several scenes that are powerful. The scenes with young son Fouad are strong - and he becomes one of the more interesting characters in the film. Ali Mosaffa is great as the soon-to-be ex-husband but you never quite know what drove the relationship to fall apart and the first half of the film where you follow him and how he causes the unravelling of this family is more interesting than the second half of the film.

The Gandiman
Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer

½

Farhadi proves again that he is one of the greatest storytellers nowadays to shape nuanced, three-dimensional characters, making it impossible for us to take sides or judge any of them - and his wonderful last scene, filmed in one long take, is of extraordinary sensibility.

blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

Samir: When two people see each other after 4 years and still fight together, it shows that there is something unsolved between them.

One of the best things about The Past, writer/director Asghar Farhadi's follow up film to 2011's Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film, A Separation, is that it makes me want to see all of Farhadi's previous films. Once again working with a fairly straight-forward, reality-based premise as the subject for a drama, Farhadi is certainly proving to be one of the best voices in film, when it comes to examining familial relationships. What makes this impressive is how gripping I have found his films to be, despite being incredibly limited as far as any sort of flashiness is concerned. With The Past, there are no broad characters, the film has almost no music or score whatsoever, and the film's stakes are entirely personal to the specific people involved. Still, The Past was another standout from 2013, as it is so great at being the film it is trying to be.

read the whole review at thecodeiszeek.com

DrZeek
Aaron Neuwirth

Super Reviewer

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