Friday, January 3, 2014

Le passé (The Past) (2013)

Director: Asghar Farhadi
Writers:  Asghar Farhadi, Massoumeh Lahidji
Cast:       Ali Mosaffa, Berenice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Pauline Burlet
Language: French, Persian

An Iranian returns to France to file divorce with her wife whom he had left four years back after suffering from depression. Things get complicated as he gets involved with the tensions within the family between the mother and her elder daughter, who is not happy with the mother's pending marriage to a man whose wife is in a coma.

The film is extremely intense as things get more tangled as it dwells more into the past. Little things are revealed slowly to the audience without any spoon feeding and it is amazing how Iranian films gets such fresh stories from family relationship situations. The twist at the end is similar to the one in Farhadi's previous film 'A Separation'. The performances are great from all the four leading characters as well as child actors. It is another masterpiece from Farhadi again dealing with separation but mostly to do with the aftermath.

Rating: 5/5