Le passé (The Past) Reviews

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August 12, 2019
While The Past may not trump Farhadi's previous work, it's still an excellent piece of melodramatic cinema, with a finely staged script and engrossing performances.
August 7, 2019
A tale of divorce unfolds as an onion-skin riddle of secrets and lies. It's torqued with enough revelations that it would be melodrama if it were not so exquisitely rendered.
June 27, 2019
Nonethless, The Past is still a very good film with an excellent screenplay (don't be surprised if Farhadi picks up another Oscar nomination for this) and direction.
June 17, 2019
Another engrossing and intimate drama, revealing a keen understanding of filmmaking and character creation, realised by flawless performances.
June 7, 2019
A slow-burning, thought-provoking ending to an absorbing film.
May 22, 2019
We cannot really say that any of the characters is unjustified in their conceits. nstead he film's ability to empathise with its characters foibles - on all sides - becomes its profundity.
March 8, 2019
The Past once again cements Farhadi's position as one of world cinema's finest working filmmakers, capable of flipping his labyrinthine familial fables with the smallest, most inconsequential of actions.
January 30, 2019
The film questions responsibility and shows how sometimes people do the wrong thing. It is begs the question: what exactly is the right thing, and how can we recognise it?
December 16, 2018
We get a sense of the Larkin sentiment that, "They fuck you up, your mum and dad", as the by products of the parental dalliances (the kids), are left as collateral damage.
February 17, 2018
The theatrical feel persists in "The Past," whose shoot was preceded by two months of rehearsal, but it's cruder and more driven by the demands of an overloaded plot.
January 1, 2018
No one wins in this ambiguous, accomplished film, which ends by burdening the audience with a secret that none of the characters will ever know.
December 12, 2017
Farhadi explores the strength of selfishness and secrets and expresses symbolically - and forcefully - how the past clings to us. [Full review in Spanish]
October 25, 2017
A superb and engrossing relationship drama.
October 3, 2017
Connecting the political dots is a more or less futile task when dealing with a film that seems almost as clueless about private life as it is about the public realm.
August 11, 2017
The Past never forgets its domestic focus, and [Asghar] Farhadi's keen eye for subtle emotional shifts keeps the story afloat.
April 15, 2017
A deeply affecting humanist melodrama.
October 3, 2016
A beautifully generous and emotionally wrenching French movie by the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi
August 11, 2016
Farhadi has succeeded in underscoring universal impulses of his characters, despite their cultural backgrounds, and in the process he's also removed most of the socio-cultural context that characterized his previous films.
September 7, 2014
The revelations Farhadi relies on to propel the story are not as compelling as he gives them credit.
July 28, 2014
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.
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