Director: Asghar Farhadi
Writer(s): Asghar Farhadi
Cast: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa
Awards: Best Actress Bérénice Bejo Cannes Film Festival
Following a four year separation, Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) returns to Paris from Tehran, upon his estranged French wife Marie (Bérénice Bejo)’s request, in order to finalize their divorce procedure so she can marry her new boyfriend Samir (Tahar Rahim). 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.
“Bolstered by performances that convey profound grief and remorse without look-at-me histrionics, The Past is steeped in the believable micro details of its scenario while also expanding to universals”-Nick Schager, Village Voice