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.
Why Stream This Film?
- 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
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THE PAST is another brilliantly mounted drama concerning fracturing families, hidden motives and the difficulties of attaining stability in a rapidly changing world.
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.
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