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The Past (2013)

Le passé (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery | 17 May 2013 (France)
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An Iranian man deserts his French wife and her two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife's request for a divorce.

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Asghar Farhadi

Writer:

Asghar Farhadi
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 13 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bérénice Bejo ... Marie Brisson
Ali Mosaffa ... Ahmad
Tahar Rahim ... Samir
Pauline Burlet ... Lucie
Elyes Aguis ... Fouad
Jeanne Jestin Jeanne Jestin ... Léa
Sabrina Ouazani ... Naïma
Babak Karimi ... Shahryar
Valéria Cavalli ... Valeria
Aleksandra Klebanska Aleksandra Klebanska ... Céline
Jean-Michel Simonet Jean-Michel Simonet ... Médecin
Pierre Guerder Pierre Guerder ... Juge
Anne-Marion de Cayeux Anne-Marion de Cayeux ... Avocate
Eléonora Marino Eléonora Marino ... Collègue Marie
Jonathan Devred Jonathan Devred ... Agent aéroport
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Storyline

Coming back to accomplish the divorce procedure, Ahmad an Iranian man, arrives in Paris after four years to meet his ex-wife and her daughters from her previous marriage. He notices his ex is in a relationship with an Arab named Samir who also has a son and a wife in a coma. The relationship of the older daughter and her mother is in deterioration because the daughter thinks her mother is the cause of Samir's wife comatose state. The affairs get more complicated when the older daughter discloses something heinous she has done. Written by Hossein sr

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Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Italy | Belgium | Iran

Language:

French | Persian

Release Date:

17 May 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El pasado See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,270, 22 December 2013

Gross USA:

$1,331,747

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,631,747
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Asghar Farhadi's 6th feature film. See more »

Quotes

Ahmad: When did you meet each other?
Marie Brisson: In drugstore. He came to get his wife's medicines.
[Ahmad sneers ]
Marie Brisson: What?
Ahmad: In our culture is laughing.
Marie Brisson: But in our culture is mocking!
[They discuss with each other]
Marie Brisson: Just your hair became white!
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2013 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Magie d'aéroports
by Michael Boumendil (as Michaël Boumendil), Stéphane Horeczko
© (p) Sixième Son
Avec l'aimable autorisation d'Aéroports de Paris et de Sixième Son
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Even better than A Separation.
16 November 2013 | by Sergeant_TibbsSee all my reviews

2011 was a great year for at least two people - Berenice Bejo had her breakout with her husband's film The Artist and Asghar Farhadi had worldwide acclaim with A Separation. This year's combination of the two with The Past has been said to be worthy of even more acclaim than the above. While I have a soft spot for The Artist, sure, I'd say The Past is better than A Separation, but neither are masterpieces, just great films. Perhaps what makes The Past easier to connect to is the lack of culture barrier as this film takes place entirely in France as opposed to Iran. But Farhadi's favourite theme of family drama is still ever-present. This is a film about how damaging one single misguided relationship can be to a whole network of people. There's a novelistic approach to the narrative that's quite fascinating as it moves organically. It's a dialogue-driven film, and exposition is revealed as if puzzle pieces to a mystery and the film follows a natural progression of its web of characters ending not where you'd expect. It's not trying to hit overly-satisfying reveals, but instead tries to leave you with something to think about, the weight in its themes of mortality and the value of relationships past and present stops it from feeling soap-opera-esque sometimes given the sense of drama. With hypnotic cinematography to boost the performances of its great cast, The Past is a rewarding film that puts relationships into perspective.

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