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Rated PG-13 · 130 min. · 2013


Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi follows the acclaimed A Separation with a high-profile encore set in the immigrant banlieues of Paris. The Iranian Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa), cordially estranged from his French wife, Marie (The Artist's Bérénice Bejo), returns to Paris to finalize their divorce so that she can marry Samir (Tahar Rahim). The new couple's two rebellious children know something that Ahmad does not, and the film is often rewarding as it unravels sad familial secrets. But the last act ties things up too neatly. We're never quite sure how the mercurial Marie wound up in relationships with two low-key Muslim men, who remain opaque, and The Past ultimately curdles into a sour view of women.

See our full review: Two fraying families in <i>The Past</i>

Two fraying families in The Past

The Past is set in a featureless banlieue, or suburb, where immigrants and others live on the margins. »

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Director: Asghar Farhadi
Writer: Asghar Farhadi
Producer: Alexandre Mallet-Guy
Cast: Bérénice Béjo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa, Pauline Burlet, Elyes Aguis, Jeanne Jestin, Sabrina Ouazani, Babak Karimi and Valeria Cavalli

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