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The Past 2013
PG-13

  • Asghar Farhadi
  • December 19, 2013
  • 130 mins
  • French
  • Drama, Mystery
After four years apart, Ahmad returns to his wife Marie in Paris in order to progress their divorce. During his brief stay, he cannot help noticing the strained relationship between Marie and her daughter Lucie. As he attempts to improve matters between mother and daughter Ahmad unwittingly lifts the lid on a long buried secret...

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Farhadi was heir Cinemas Big Questions. Moving and impressive. Only the last scene of much unnecessary chatter.

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The Past is a film about a dark hidden secret and as the title suggests, the past is very present in the lives of all the characters in the story. They can't move on with their lives they are all stuck in the past for some reason. The desire of being happy is big but what is haunting them has a strength that the present and even the future will not be able to cure easily.

The performances are so intense that when the film ends, despite the run time of two hours and ten minutes, you definitely wanna see more of this people's lives. The acting by Bérénice Bejo, Ali Mosaffa, Tahar Rahim and the children of this film are truly fantastic! Without the strong acting from all of them this film wouldn't have worked so well.

What is more beautiful about this film is that it has the power to drag you into it. The informations needed to structure the story are delivered to us piece by piece and we start making questions in our head and as we are more into the important point of the problem the tension increases more and more.

Asghar Farhadi did an excelent job directing this film. The first time I heard of him was because of his Academy Award winning film A Separation, that I still haven't seen but after I saw this I will make sure to see it very soon.

Honestly, I haven't found any flaws in this film and I think The Past is for sure one of the best films of 2013.

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I just gave it a "totally ninja" since the 40% score clearly doesn't do it justice.

it's a damn fine movie, I don't get all the hype it gathered in Cannes though.

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