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Le passé (The Past)

Posted by martinteller on August 9, 2014

Quickie review today, don’t feel like writing much lately.  Farhadi’s follow-up to the rightfully celebrated A Separation isn’t quite as rich and multi-faceted.  But it is quite engaging, with strong performances all around.  Farhadi again emphasizes barriers, and in a way the opening scene picks up symbolically where the previous film left off.  A recurring motif is characters attempting to find a safe space to communicate and reveal secrets and emotions, seeking out a bubble of isolation against the outside world.  Ahmad shuts the door so he can bond with Fouad, he takes Lucie into the back room of a restaurant when she breaks down in tears, Samir lowers the iron shutters of his business to have a heart-to-heart with Marie.  The third act is perhaps too overloaded with twists and revelations, but the movie is compelling nonetheless, an insightful look at people struggling to get beyond their unresolved pasts.  Rating: Very Good (85)


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