The Past

Drama | French, Persian, Italian with English subtitles | 130 minutes


Ahmad, an Iranian man, returns to France to finalize his divorce with his wife Marie. Upon arrival, Ahmad learns  Marie is  involved with Samir, the owner of a dry-cleaning business. Lucie, Marie’s troubled daughter from a previous marriage, is opposed to her mother’s latest relationship. She tells Ahmad that Samir is still married and his wife is in a coma after a suicide attempt. Lucie also confesses  she forwarded  intimate emails between her mother and Samir to Samir’s wife, which prompted her to commit suicide. Naïma, Samir’s employee, contends the suicide came after Samir’s wife had a confrontation with an employee. After the divorce is finalized,   Ahmad decides to return to Iran. A distraught Samir visits his wife in the hospital hoping she recovers from her coma.

Bérénice Bejo (Marie Brisson) / Ali Mosaffa (Ahmad) / Pauline Burlet (Lucie) / Sabrina Ouazani (Naïma)
Why Stream This Film?
 “Beautifully written, sensitively directed, and powerfully acted, THE PAST serves as another compelling testament to Asghar Farhadi’s gift for finely layered drama.” – Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 92%
  • Metacritic Score: 85
  • Cannes Film Festival: Winner, Best Actress (Bérénice Bejo; Best Director (Asghar Farhadi)
  • National Board of Review: Winner, Best Foreign Language Film
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Nominated, Best Foreign Language Film
THE PAST is another brilliantly mounted drama concerning fracturing families, hidden motives and the difficulties of attaining stability in a rapidly changing world.
Godfrey Cheshire

THE PAST is an exquisitely sculpted family melodrama in which the end of a marriage is merely the beginning of something else, an indelible tapestry of carefully engineered revelations and deeper human truths.
Justin Chang


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