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[LAWS] "The Past," A Mesmerizing Contender for the Foreign Language Oscar

Bérénice Bejo took the best actress award at Cannes for her portrayal of Marie, a Frenchwoman in the process of getting a divorce from an Iranian man (Ali Mosaffa). She wants to marry Samir (Tahar Rahim), whose wife is in a coma after a suicide attempt. Asghar Farhadi (A Separation) directed.

"A mesmerically assured piece of filmmaking, crammed with performances as raw as steak tartare." --Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph

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Please buy your ticket at the Laemmle Royale Theater website asap, as this show is likely to sell out--what else do people do on New Years Day but go to the movies!

We'll have an early dinner nearby after the movie to exchange views and bring in the New Year.  Dinner has been announced as a separate event.  Parking should be a breeze on the street or in a B of A lot nearby.


Jill Landefeld, Assistant Organizer

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  • Pat

    Farhadi's previous film, "A Separation," from last year (I think)--also a film about miscommunication and divorce and how children suffer in consequence--is a much better film than this one. "The Past" ultimately was a bit too much of a soap opera with all the plot contrivances that keep relentlessly appearing. Very well-acted, though. I especially liked the actor playing Ahmad, the ex.

    January 2, 2014

  • Beth R

    I'm with Lindsie on this one. Glad I saw it though. Thanks, Jill, for putting this together!!

    January 1, 2014

  • Jill

    Gripping slice of life, interesting character portrayals and suspense--really liked it!

    January 1, 2014

  • Lindsie

    Well directed, well acted, super dysfunctional family, shaggy dog story, full of details that ultimately didn't add up to much…

    January 1, 2014

  • Naia

    Not feeling well. Need to cancel.

    January 1, 2014

  • Jill

    This is shaping up to be a terrific event! Looking forward to meeting the people newer to LAWS, or--newer to me!

    December 27, 2013

  • Jill

    I kept getting a glitch in the Laemmle system when ordering my ticket and ended up getting it on the phone from a Royal theater person. If anyone else has problems, you can talk to a manager at[masked]-0401. They will take your credit card info on the phone and reserve your ticket to pick up on January 1.

    December 25, 2013

  • SunnyDE

    I saw the movie, on Sunday 12/22. Its a good film, however, I think a bit too long. Should be closer to 1.5 hours. After you have seen it, see if you agree? What Paris suburb is that?

    December 23, 2013

  • ellen

    Getting out of the holiday doldrums now that Lindsie is coming too.
    Shirin, so glad to have you with us...this is the best group.

    Beth, I had no trouble buying the ticket last night, but did go to a few of the Laemmle sites before it would let me in to purchase, so perserverance paid off.

    1 · December 23, 2013

  • Beth R

    Hey, Marlene, hope you heal quickly … and happy holidays to you too!

    December 23, 2013

  • ellen

    Have my ticket...great to have Sally too. Wow...all the old friends. Lovely way to start the new year.

    December 22, 2013

  • Lucy K.

    Won't join you this time.....I've already seen te film.

    December 22, 2013

  • Jill

    SO glad you can schlep down here, Ellen!!

    December 22, 2013

  • ellen

    Sounds great, no one I would rather spend the day with than Beth and Jill. Happy everything, see you soon.

    1 · December 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoy ladies. I saw it today. It's fantastic!

    December 22, 2013

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