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Blu-Ray Review: THE PAST Is A Tense Drama With Great Performances - Movies In Focus
Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation) delves deep into the psychology of family and relationships with The Past (Le Passe). This multi-award winning French–Italian–Iranian drama is an impressive piece of filmmaking which features strong performances and thoughtful ideas which will linger long after the film has ended. On the surface it would appear that Farhadi’s film is a love triangle between a husband and wife (Ali Mosaffa and Bernice Bejo) going through divorce and the wife’s new love (Tahar Rahim) who has a wife in a coma. However it’s more than that. As a writer, Farhadi delves into different layers of their relationships, peeling away different facets which helps each of the three principals a moment to shine. The action takes place in and around Paris, but Farhadi doesn’t give us a picture postcard version of the city. He makes use of the City of Lights’ less than glamorous suburbs, eschewing glitzy visuals for reality. It’s a brave move but it again illustrates that this is a version of real life and not a soap opera (which it could have been in the wrong hands). Very little happens throughout the course of the The Past’s running time, and save for [...]