The Past

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Following his Best Foreign Language Film Oscar win for A Separation, writer/director Asghar Farhadi returns with the gripping and dramatic mystery, The Past. After a four year separation and at his estranged French wife Marie’s (Bérénice Bejo, The Artist) request, Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa, Leila) returns to Paris from Tehran in order to finalize their divorce procedure so she can marry her new boyfriend Samir (Tahar Rahim, A Prophet). During his tense brief stay, Ahmad discovers the conflicting nature of Marie’s relationship with their teenage daughter Lucie (Pauline Burlet), and his efforts to improve this relationship soon unveil a secret from their past. A terrific cast creates in-depth characters in this compelling story told with generous empathy. Winner of two awards at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival: Best Actress (Bejo) and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. (Dir. by Asghar Farhadi, 2013, France/Italy, in French & Persian with subtitles, 130 mins., Rated PG-13, Sony Pictures Classics) Digital