• Tue. Mar 28th, 2023
“Le Passé” (The Past) is a 2013 French-Iranian drama film written and directed by . The film follows the story of Ahmad, an Iranian man who returns to France after four years to finalize his divorce with his wife, Marie. However, he finds himself embroiled in the complicated relationships between Marie, her new partner Samir, and her rebellious teenage daughter Lucie.

As the past and present intertwine, secrets and hidden tensions begin to emerge, and the characters are forced to confront their deepest fears and desires. The film explores themes of love, betrayal, and the complexity of human relationships.

The film received widespread critical acclaim for its powerful performances, especially from lead actress , who won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was also praised for its expertly crafted screenplay and nuanced exploration of complex themes.

“Le Passé” was nominated for several awards, including the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 71st Golden Globe Awards and the 86th Academy Awards. It also won several awards, including the Best Film and Best Screenplay awards at the 39th César Awards and the Best Film award at the 2013 Sydney Film Festival.

Overall, “Le Passé” is a gripping and emotionally charged film that expertly explores the complexities of human relationships. It's a must-watch for those interested in character-driven dramas and for those who appreciate films that challenge their understanding of love, family, and the human psyche.

Directed by
Written by
Produced by Alexandre Mallet-Guy
Starring ,
Cinematography Mahmoud Kalari
Edited by Juliette Welfling
Music by Youli Galperine
Evgueni Galperine
Memento Films Production
France 3 Cinéma
BIM Distribuzione
France Télévisions
Distributed by Memento Films (France)
BIM Distribuzione (Italy)
Filmiran (Iran)
Release date 17 May 2013 (Cannes) 19 June 2013 (Iran) 21 November 2013 (Italy)
Running time 130 minutes
Countries France
Languages French
Budget $8 million
Box office $10.6 million

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