The Past

December 20th 2013
  • Drama,
  • PG-13,
  • 130 min,
  • Sony Pictures Classics
  • Cast: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa, Pauline Burlet, Elyes Aguis, Jeanne Jestin, Sabrina Ouazani, Babak Karimi, Valeria Cavalli, Aleksandra Klebanska, Jean-Michel Simonet, Pierre Guerder, Anne-Marion de Cayeux, Eléonora Marino, Jonathan Devred, Sylviane Fraval
  • Director: Asghar Farhadi
  • Writers: Massoumeh Lahidji, Asghar Farhadi
  • Producer: Alexandre Mallet-Guy
  • Costume Design: Jean-Daniel Vuillermoz
  • D.O.P.: Mahmoud Kalari
  • Editor: Juliette Welfling
  • Makeup: Lucía Bretones-Méndez
  • Musics: Evgueni Galperine, Youli Galperine
  • Production Design: Claude Lenoir


Coming back to accomplish the divorce procedure, Ahmad an Iranian man, arrives in Paris after four years to meet his ex-wife and her daughters from her previous marriage. He notices his ex is in a relationship with an Arab named Samir who also has a son and a wife in a coma.

The relationship of the older daughter and her mother is in deterioration because the daughter thinks her mother is the cause of Samir's wife comatose state. The affairs get more complicated when the older daughter discloses something heinous she has done.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Paris, France
  • MPAA Warning: Mature thematic material and brief strong language
  • Production Budget: $11 million
  • Production Companies: Memento Films Production, France 3 Cinéma, BIM Distribuzione, Canal+, Ciné+, France Télévisions, Eurimages, Région Ile-de-France, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Programme MEDIA de la Communauté Européenne, Cofinova 9, Indéfilms, Cinémage
  • Production Schedule: 8 October 2012 - 11 January 2013

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2013 Guide Analysis: "After Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning "A Separation" became such a major international critical success, everyone has wondered what he would do next. What he has done is this still highly secretive immigrant romantic drama about an Iranian girl (Bérénice Bejo) and a North African man (Tahar Rahim) set against the backdrop of Paris. The film is a shoo-in to premiere at Cannes where it will likely sell quickly ahead of a release in Western markets at the end of the year. One of the year's most anticipated foreign-language titles, and with good reason."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 17 May 2013: France
  • 19 June 2013: Iran
  • 8 August 2013: Netherlands
  • 6 September 2013: Poland
  • 10 October 2013: Greece
  • 21 November 2013: Italy
  • 29 November 2013: Finland
  • 5 December 2013: Serbia
  • 25 December 2013: Norway
  • 30 January 2014: Germany
  • 7 February 2014: Sweden