Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning A SEPARATION visits the same territory of complex family relationships within repressive societies.
Ahmad (Mosaffa) travels from his home in Teheran to Paris to finalise his divorce from his long-estranged wife, Marie (Bejo, THE ARTIST). Already living with a much younger new partner (Rahim, OUR CHILDREN) and his son, Marie appears to simply want a civilised closure, but as Ahmad is obliged to stay in their somewhat chaotic household, it’s soon obvious that this won’t be easy, especially when a shocking truth from the past is revealed.
Farhadi again lightly weaves a trenchant story brimful of twists, which benefits considerably from nuanced, intelligent performances from the three leads.
Review: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/mar/30/the-past-review-whirlwind-warring-emotions-mark-kermode http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Arts_Picturehouse_Cambridge/film/The_Past/