THE PAST [Le Passé]
2013 Oscar Selection, Iran

Iranian writer/director Asghar Farhadi (Oscar winner, A SEPARATION), makes a smooth transition to France with this film, the filmmaker's grasp of moral complexity and the nuances of family psychology fully intact. THE ARTIST's Bérénice Bejo was awarded the Best Actress award at Cannes for her performance as Marie, twice-married and now in need of a quick divorce from her amicably estranged husband Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) before she can marry her new love, Samir (Tahar Rahim). Returning to Paris after four years away in Tehran in order to finalize the divorce, Ahmad, ironically, becomes reintegrated into this unconventional family structure as an honest broker, slowly unraveling the tangled web of grudges, secrets, half-truths and misunderstandings circulating among Marie, her daughters Lucie (Pauline Burlet) and Léa (Jeanne Jestin), and Samir and his son Fouad (Elyes Aguis). Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, 2013 Cannes Film Festival; Official Selection, 2013 Telluride, Toronto Film Festivals.

DIR/SCR Asghar Farhadi; SCR Massoumeh Lahidji; PROD Alexandre Mallet-Guy. France/Italy, 2012, color, 130 min. In French and Persian with English subtitles. NOT RATED L

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