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The Past

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Asghar Farhadi

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About the Movie

Upon his estranged wife’s request, Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) returns to Paris from Tehran after a four year separation to finalize their divorce so Marie (Bérénice Bejo, The Artist, Academy Award Nominee for Best Supporting Actress, 2011) can marry her new boyfriend, Samir (Tahar Rahim, The Prophet, European Film Awards Winner for Best Actor, 2009). During his tense brief stay, Ahmad discovers the conflicting nature of Marie's relationship with her teenage daughter Lucie (Pauline Burlet). Ahmad's efforts to improve this relationship soon unveil a secret from their past.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 144
  • Fresh: 134
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 8.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A thickly knotted and compelling tale, set in an unglamorous, working-class Paris, it churns with complex emotions, suspense, guilt, and regret. – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan 24, 2014

Fresh: What a teller of domestic truths Asghar Farhadi has become. – Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, Jan 24, 2014

Fresh: Farhadi has pulled off the dysfunctional family mystery trick twice now, brilliantly, and perhaps three times in a row would be too much. But it's doubtful he will leave behind the fertile ground of family ties and modern messiness. He sees so much there. – Tom Long, Detroit News, Feb 13, 2014

Fresh: Farhadi works like a master poker player, carefully revealing his cards and building tension with each new bit of information. – Peter Howell, Toronto Star, Jan 23, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Farhadi does it again!

This was quite honestly one of the best films I saw in 2013. Farhadi's really skilled at embedding his viewers into these complex (and very real) life situations and his plots transcend these strange cultural borders we’re so accustomed to recognizing. Ugh, it’s such a moving film — just see it, already!


Good movie 100%

Superb Direction and Acting

Nuanced performances, very real and tender edges that cut everyone as the story makes it threading way through the cast of characters.

Unwind the ball of string, the memories and emotions of several relationships, layers of pain and guilt that make families so difficult and love so inconsistent.

Masterful control by the director.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2013

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