The Past (2013)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Mystery

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An Iranian man deserts his French wife and her two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife's request for a divorce.




  • Pauline Burlet at an event for The Past (2013)
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  • Eva Longoria at an event for The Past (2013)
  • Bérénice Bejo in The Past (2013)
  • Doutzen Kroes at an event for The Past (2013)

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10 July 2013 | OmidsEyeView
| Not as good as A Separation but nonetheless worth watching
Yesterday, I finally watched The Past. As an Asghar Farhadi fan I expected a 2 hour window to the reality of life and I wasn't disappointed. It sure isn't as good as A Separation, but it has many of the defining elements that made A Separation the hit it was.

The acting is great. Not only the adults, but also the child actors perform marvelously. The dialog is quite life-like as in other Farhadi movies and it makes the arguments easy to relate to. What lags behind A Separation in my opinion is the story. It is a mixture of mostly the same elements of tension but not as well crafted. Blame and Judgment drive the plot forward but some of the subplots are a bit loose to the main story. However, I suppose for many of these shortcomings A Separation is to be blamed for setting the bar so high. As in A Separation, conflicts of interest between parents and children are conveyed thoroughly and I admire the movie's engaging representation of these commonplace issues.

All in all, I think The Past is a movie worth watching and I suggest anyone interested in a 2 hour window to some ordinary people's life to watch it.

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Release Date:

17 May 2013


French, Persian

Country of Origin

France, Italy, Belgium, Iran

Filming Locations

Paris, France

Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,270 22 December 2013

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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