Monday, June 9, 2014

Movie of the Week – The Past

This week’s movie: The Past (2013).

Ahmad is an Iranian man who abandoned his French wife and two children years ago to return to his homeland. Now, Ahmad returns to France to complete his divorce paperwork. He finds that his family has moved on and his former wife is dating a new man. Old feelings begin to bubble up to the surface, as Ahmad must rebuild his relationship with his children and former wife.

The Past is written and directed by Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, who also made the excellent drama A Separation. He worked with composers Evgueni Galperine and Youli Galperine, cinematographer Mahmoud Kalari, and production designer Claude Lenoir.

The cast is very good. Berenice Bejo (who won Best Actress at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival for her performance), Tahar Rahim, and Ali Mosaffa star, while Pauline Burlet and Elyes Aguis feature in support.

The Past is a very strong character drama that features wonderful leading performances. It also has a great mystery subplot concerning the death of Tahar Rahim’s character’s wife. This is a must-see for fans of strong character-driven emotional dramas.

Trailer: Here
Available on: Blu-ray and Video On-Demand

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