The Past

The Past ★★★★★

Much like with A SEPARATION, this never comes across as condescending/judgemental nor takes a specific side when it comes to its three central characters and their relationships (or lack thereof in the case of Ahmad and Marie), instead merely depicting these characters — as well as various other characters — as a deeply flawed human beings who we can understand and sympathize with. It’s precisely this among many other things that makes Asghar Farhadi one of the absolute greatest working filmmakers when it comes to melodrama. Powerfully directed, beautifully written, and with wonderful performances from Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa, and Pauline Burlet. Absolutely tremendous.

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