The past

The past

DVD - 2014 | French
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"At the request of his estranged wife Marie, Ahmad returns to Paris after four years in Tehran to finalise their divorce. He soon discovers that Marie plans to wed her beau Samir, ignoring the protests of her teenage daughter, Lucie. Ahmad finds himself attempting to repair the rift between Marie and Lucie, piecing together the puzzle of lies and unspoken guilt connected to misdeeds of the past. "
Publisher: 2013 ,
Distributed by Madman Entertainment, [Richmond, Victoria] : [2014]
Branch Call Number: DVD PAST
Characteristics: 1 DVD (125 min.)
Alternative Title: Passé
Le passé


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Feb 18, 2017

Wow--outstanding! Even the kids are terrific actors. Farhadi is Iran's premier director in my book. If you like this one be SURE to see his others: A Separation, About Elly, Fireworks Wednesday, and, new in the last year (not at KCLS yet), The Salesman. The acting in The Past is a real pleasure. The story's top notch (Farhadi wrote it) and the ending is poignant.

Jan 31, 2017

First off, this not a blue-ray disc despite the image shown. The film is one complex family drama, with many twists and turns - probably too many. I have to say I like 'A Separation' by the same director better. Still, this is a pretty good film from Iranian cinema. Subtitles.

Feb 04, 2016

In this tense, complex film the Iranian director, Asghar Farhadi, establishes himself, yet again, as a master of psychological drama. Here, he explores how events of the past can impact on the present and thwart the happiness of all those involved whether directly or indirectly. One of the great achievements of the film is that it takes us on a journey into the hearts and minds of each of the characters and shows us how seemingly straightforward explanations about events are, in fact, wrong, and the truth is much more complex and multi-layered. The performances from all actors, including the children, are outstanding.

apache8000 Jul 13, 2015

An excellently structured plot, full of emotion and yet well-disciplined. I enjoyed it even more than A Separation. Farhadi is one great director. Great actors populate this film as well.

Jun 04, 2015

Interesting and very well acted.

Feb 18, 2015

This is a 2013 French–Italian–Iranian drama written and directed by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi.
Coming back to finalize his divorce procedure, Ahmad, an Iranian man, arrives in France after four years to meet his soon-to-be ex-wife Marie and her daughters from her previous marriage.
Marie is in a relationship with an Arab man named Samir who has a son and whose French wife is in a coma.
The relationship between Marie and her older daughter, Lucie, is strained because Lucie disapproves of her mother's relationship with Samir.
With surprising and unexepected twits and turns, the film makes you get really engaged in the complicated problems of mother-and-ddaught relationship as well as those of Samir and his wife in coma.
It is a heart-wrenching yet thought-provoking story.

Feb 18, 2015

What a cluster-flub of failed relationships! Fine acting in this high-level drama. Interesting plot.

Dec 24, 2014

Low key but very good movie.

Dec 17, 2014

Compelling story with a great deal of conflict that can be a bit hard to take at times. Well acted and insightful--but very intense.

Sep 11, 2014

For those interested in international cinema, Iran has been one of the key countries of the past 2 decades, steadily and quietly producing great films by directors like Abbas Kiarostami ("Taste of Cherry") and Jafar Panahi ("This is Not a Film"), who is currently under house arrest. Asghar Farhadi's previous film, the divorce drama "A Separation," was the first Iranian film to win an Oscar. His follow up, set in France and starring Berenice Bejo ("The Artist") is also about divorce and family drama. An Iranian man returns to Paris to finalize his divorce with his French wife, who is dating a man whose wife is in a coma. Complications and difficulties ensue. Like "A Separation," "The Past" is impeccably acted and directed and as gripping as a thriller. Bejo won best actress as Cannes. With this film, Farhadi confirms he's a major filmmaker.

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