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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Film Trailers: THE PAST
This is the kind of contemporary adult film I get excited for and relish. Asghar Farhadi's follow-up to his smash hit A Separation (2011), The Past focuses on another marriage that has fallen apart. Oscar nominee Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) plays a French woman, Marie, whose Iranian husband Ahmad (Ali Mossaffa) deserts her and their two children. Marie starts up a relationship with a young man Samir (Tahar Rahim, who was absolutely brilliant in A Prophet) who looks eerily similar to Ahmad. Everything gets much more murky once Marie asks for a divorce and the complications arise between all three individuals and the two children. The film looks superb and Bejo won the Best Actress award at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Farhadi, who's film A Separation won the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Academy Awards, also wrote the screenplay. One of the best directors working in all of cinema right now and an intellectual, astute observer of the human condition. The film will be released in limited release on December 20, 2013. Enjoy!