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Release Date: December 20th, 2013

DVD Release Date: March 25th, 2014

PG-13|2 hr 10 min

Plot Summary
An Iranian man (Ali Mosaffa) returns to France to finalize his divorce and finds that his estranged wife (Bérénice Bejo) has a new lover (Tahar Rahim).

Cast: Bérénice Bejo, Ali Mosaffa, Tahar Rahim, Pauline Burlet, Elyes Aguis, Jeanne Jestin, Sabrina Ouazani, Babak Karimi

Director: Asghar Farhadi

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Cine+, Canal+, BIM Distribuzione, France 3 Cinema

Distributors: Sony Pictures Classics

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi pursues his exploration of guilt, choice and responsibility in a superbly written, directed and acted drama that commands attention every step of the way. show more

  • The Past is just about as good as a relationship drama is ever going to get. The plot is teased out with deliberate grace, the performances are sublime and the revelations, even the most melodramatic, feel right and true. It’s big canvas stuff painted by a new master. show more

  • The Past plays out within narrower bounds than "A Separation," and often at lower velocity — a few moments feel almost Chekhovian. Yet the film is commanding in its own right, another exploration of a volatile situation — an estranged husband returning from Iran when his wife requests a divorce — in which flashes of insight or understanding lead to new mysteries. show more

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