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Friday, May 23, 2014

The Past - Le Passé by Asghar Farhadi, 2013 (PG-13)

with Bérénice Bejo (The Artist), Tahar Rahim (Un Prophete), Ali Mosaffa, Pauline Burlet, Elyes Aguis, Jeanne Jestin, Sabrina Ouazani (Of Gods and Men - Des Hommes et des Dieux, Inch'Allah), Babak Karimi (A Separation - Jodaeiye Nader az Simin), Valeria Cavalli
from the director of A Separation (Jodaeiye Nader az Simin)

When Iranian Ahmad returns to France after a four-year separation from his French wife, Marie, he discovers that she now has a boyfriend -- and that behind her difficult relationship with their daughter lies a secret from the past.

The first hour is mesmerizing. The unraveling of the past takes perhaps a little too long not to feel like "hey, here's another trail to follow!". The topic and the different perspectives on it, from the adolescent to the employee, to the 5 years old kid, to the ex-husband, to the mother (I am not revealing anything...) is quite interesting interesting. The performances are good, very anchored in what France is nowadays, there is an honest feel to the way it is directed, very human, which is what is best about the movie. And Elyes Aguis is most promising, with one of the best performances I have ever seen of a 5 years old in such a complex environment.

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