The Past

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France | 2013 | 130 Minutes | Asghar Farhadi

March 10, 2014

The director of A Separation returns with this Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Film. In Paris, an Iranian man reunites with his estranged wife (Bérénice Bejo, winner of Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival) to finalize their divorce, which is complicated by a shocking revelation by her daughter from a previous marriage.

"An impeccable work that moves forward steadily and without much dynamic modulation, it's a movie not for people who want to escape the world but for those who want to understand it better." – Ty Burr, Boston Globe

"The Past" has something important and powerful to say about the past. It doesn't shape or haunt the present. In a sense, Farhadi suggests, they exist alongside each other." – Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

"The Past" makes conventional movies feel artificial. Watching the characters interact in this movie feels like "Here is real life," and real life just happens to be strangely compelling. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

  • Original Language Title: Le Passé
  • Director: Asghar Farhadi
  • Principal Cast: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa
  • Country: France
  • Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 130 Minutes
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Language: French, Persian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics