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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
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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