The Past (Le Passe)


(out of 5)

 arrives in Paris at the home of his ex-wife () to sign divorce papers and allow her to marry her current lover ().  As soon as he gets to her house he is drawn into family drama as she asks him to help resolve issues with her daughter (a superb ) who objects to her new relationship.  Mosaffa is at first delicate in his involvement with these characters from a past he did not mean to get thrust back into, but it is not long before the situation progresses to deeply felt interactions with revelations at each passing turn of the plot.  Asghar Farhadi has followed his masterful A Separation with a complete change of pace, a film without the rock-hard tension of his previous film but played out in subtle, easily paced scenes that are nevertheless absorbing in their method of unlocking secrets.  It’s a film in which real people are plunged into movie melodrama, a rich combination of heightened narrative that works thanks to intelligent dialogue, and a perfectly cohesive cast whose plight you are always sympathetic to.  It will run a bit too long for some, but it is worth seeing this gorgeous intimate epic through to the devastatingly beautiful conclusion.

France/Italy, 2013

Directed by

Screenplay by Asghar Farhadi

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by ,

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Cannes 2013, TIFF 2013

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Foreign Language Film



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