The Past @ AQ: A case of international relations

If you'd like to have dinner before the movie, please note that when you RSVP (add  "dinner," using the "Join the Conversation" box), so we can get a head count. We'll go to Cafe 220 (click for info). Meet there at 5:30 PM. We'll head to the theater around 6:40 PM. Show time is 7:00 PM. (Running time: 130 minutes.) Non-diners, we'll meet you at the Aquarius around 6:45 PM.

After a four year separation and at his estranged French wife Marie's (Bérénice Bejo, The Artist) request, Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa, Leila) returns to Paris from Tehran in order to finalize their divorce procedure so she can marry her new boyfriend Samir (Tahar Rahim, A Prophet). During his tense brief stay, Ahmad discovers the conflicting nature of Marie's relationship with their teenage daughter Lucie (Pauline Burlet), and his efforts to improve this relationship soon unveil a secret from their past. A terrific cast creates in-depth characters in this gripping story told with generous empathy. 

Winner of two awards at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival: Best Actress (Bejo) and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. Iran's official selection for consideration at the 86th Academy Awards. 

From the Oscar-winning director of A Separation (Best Foreign Language Film), writer/director Asghar Farhadi

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If you want to go for coffee after the movie, meet outside the theater after the show, and we'll pick a place.

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  • Steven

    The movie was terrific, totally engaging and compelling, especially the most uncomfortable bits to watch. I appreciated that, even as complication piled upon complication, it all made sense. However, I do agree with Marsha that the dinner venue was only so-so. Still, I'm giving this MeetUp five stars.

    December 30, 2013

    • Bob

      "So-so" is a compliment. It was terrible. I had to have popcorn at the theater to get the taste out of my mouth.

      But the movie was brilliant!

      December 30, 2013

  • Philippe

    Great acting! Thanks for posting this movie Russ.

    1 · December 28, 2013

    • Russ

      You're welcome! Yes, excellent performances all around. Nice to see a movie where the focus is on human drama, rather than creating "drama" through gimmicks and effects. Obviously, not a Hollywood movie! Ciao.

      December 29, 2013

  • Marsha

    Good film, restaurant was just ok.

    December 28, 2013

  • Marsha

    Good film, restaurant was just ok.

    December 28, 2013

  • Christine

    Hi. Please add me to the "dinner list." Thank.

    December 28, 2013

  • Carolyn H.

    dinner too

    December 28, 2013

  • Jon

    dinner

    December 27, 2013

  • OceanBreeze

    -Dinner also-

    December 27, 2013

    • OceanBreeze

      I just noticed it's a Persian movie, so my expectations have increased. :) "A Separation" was also a Persian production and it was one of the best movies I've ever seen including the plot, script, and the superb acting. I felt as if I was intruding on people's real lives by watching their lives unfold on the screen.

      December 27, 2013

  • Susan

    dinner

    December 27, 2013

  • Marsha

    Looking forward to dinner.

    December 27, 2013

  • Steven

    Dinner too.

    December 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Russ -- It sounds like a good movie. I cannot go this weekend. I will see it some other time. Thanks for the recommendation. :)

    December 27, 2013

  • Russ

    From Mick LaSalle's rave review in the Chronicle: ""The Past" makes conventional movies feel artificial. Watching the characters interact in this movie feels like "Here is real life," and real life just happens to be strangely compelling. There is no music on the soundtrack, and there are no flashbacks or showy devices. People just seem to be talking and living, but always, always, the story is pushing forward." http://www.sfgate.com/movies/article/The-Past-movie-review-Once-is-not-enough-5094797.php

    1 · December 27, 2013

  • John

    The 220 website doesn't seem be functional. Can you post the address?

    December 27, 2013

    • Russ

      Thanks for the note. Updated the link, and it's working, now. 220 is directly across the street from the Stanford Theatre, on University.

      December 27, 2013

  • John

    dinner

    December 26, 2013

  • Bob

    Dinner.

    December 26, 2013

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