“Its severity and cerebral force are beyond question … a pressure cooker of a relationship drama. Prepare yourself for post-film debate.” – The Guardian
Asghar Farhadi’s latest film sees the prodigal director leave behind the streets of Tehran for the suburbs of Paris, where the currents of race and love entangle three forgotten souls in a perilous dance. Picking up nominations for Best Film and Screenplay at the 2013 Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), The Past is another searing psychological drama from one of modern cinema’s true masters of the human condition.
When Marie’s husband Ahmad fled their marriage for the safety of Iran, she was left with two daughters and a devastating loneliness. Four years on, Marie has fallen in love with the similarly burdened Samir, so she calls Ahmad back to Paris in order to finalise their divorce. But his return also brings painful memories, and a lingering resentment that threatens to destroy her fragile romance.