Friday, February 14 2014, 01:55 PM MST
Movie Review: The Past (Le passe)
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Directors: Asghar Farhadi
Starring: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa
Recommended To: Anyone who loved Farhadi’s brilliant A Separation and fans of intelligent family dramas that avoid soap opera antics.
Synopsis: After spending four years away from his wife and her daughters an Iranian man returns home to France to finalize their divorce. He finds that his wife is now romantically involved with a man whose wife is in a coma.
Review: Despite not being able speak any French Iranian writer/director Asghar Farhadi has managed to craft a fantastic and complex French drama. Much like Farhadi’s A Separation the focus is on disintegrating relationships and the conflict and struggles that come with it. The cast, which includes The Artist’s Bérénice Bejo as the film’s lead, turn in wonderfully nuanced performances and while the material might sound a little like a soap opera the film never strays into melodrama. It’s simply a wonderful film filled with a few surprises. As Iran’s official selection for the Oscars I’m surprised it didn’t make the final cut. It’s not quite as good as A Separation, but few films are.
-Ryan Michael Painter