Magazine article New Internationalist

The Past

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Past

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The Past (130 minutes)

written and directed by Asghar Farhadi

Nimbly and unhurriedly, The Past embroils us in the histories, personalities and prospects of a divorcing couple, her new partner, and their children. Set outside Iran, unlike Farhadi's earlier relationship dramas, About Elly and A Separation, it doesn't reveal broader gender, class and political divisions in Iran. But, right up to the last shot, it's as honest, unpredictable and striking in showing the constraints on personal choice - and their effects on oneself, and other people.

The film opens on a delightedlooking Marie trying, through a plateglass window, to attract the attention of a relaxed, pleasant-looking Middle Eastern man. It's a recurring motif for people's inability to communicate, and he's Ahmad, her Iranian husband, walking through the arrivals lounge at one of the Paris airports. …

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