The Past Synopsis
An Iranian man goes to France to finalize his divorce and finds that his wife has a new lover.
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By Bob Mondello
The last 30 seconds of the film — wrenching, startling, utterly transformative of everything that precedes them — has haunted me for...
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Another brilliantly mounted drama concerning fracturing families, hidden motives and the difficulties of attaining stability in a rapidly...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Deborah Young
Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi pursues his exploration of guilt, choice and responsibility in a superbly written, directed and acted...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The Past makes conventional movies feel artificial. Watching the characters interact in this movie feels like "Here is real life," and real...
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Village Voice

By Nick Schager
Bolstered by performances that convey profound grief and remorse without look-at-me histrionics, The Past is steeped in the believable...
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By Eric Kohn
Farhadi's new movie confirms his unique ability to explore how constant chatter and anguished outbursts obscure the capacity for honest...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The Past plays out within narrower bounds than "A Separation," and often at lower velocity — a few moments feel almost Chekhovian. Yet the...
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The Dissolve

By Scott Tobias
Farhadi isn’t interested in judging his characters so much as comprehending them in all their complexity, and registering the consequences...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Farhadi's latest film is almost hypnotically compelling, spinning an intricate web of predicaments, emotional reactions and resolutions in...
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By Justin Chang
An indelible tapestry of carefully engineered revelations and deeper human truths.
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The Past

By mariacozzi
A modern day tragedy. It's a very compelling movie that draws you in and keeps you at the edge of your seat with it's quiet intensity and multiple revelations. It's a great screenplay and amazing...

A Great Talent

By MarcTwang
This director is such a breath of fresh air. He creates characters and situations which feel palpably real even when part of a foreign culture. He's a humanist with a talent for dramatizing the...

The Past is brilliant

By boucher78703
This movie, paced perfectly to suit its subject matter, is a brilliant study of the ambiguity in all human relationships. It might well, over coming years, be seen as one of the truly great...


By kmoazzemi
I'm usually not the touchy feely guy but it was a very nice movie. couple of exiting twists and turns. beautifully describing everyday life in concept of complicated situation between two families....

Another great Movie

By pclemor
No fight, no screen effect no sex...and still a movie which hold you until the very last image...

Good movie, but nothing to re home about

By scott c


By Culture Dude
Best movie I've seen in many months. Thoughtful, gripping and somehow believable....

Story of life

By Navidop
Not as strong as "Separation" but it is still one of the best dramas about the immigration....

Oscar Worthy!

By mazig
In 5 short lines: Well directed Great acting Awesome story Touchy and Meaningful Absolute Oscar Worthy Go and watch it...

Great premise for a movie, but too long

By sandyplen
I loved this movie and wanted to see how an Iranian movie director would film a movie. The premise of the movie was very good. Acting was great! The children in the movie were excellent. The problem...

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Rated NR | For Mature Thematic Material and Brief Strong Language