April 8, 2013 at 5:39 pm #98351
Directed by Asghar Farhadi (A Separation), starring Berenice Bejo.
The plot: An Iranian man having long-term domestic problems with his French wife, deserts his wife and two children to go back to his homeland, Iran. In the mean time, his wife is seeing a French man and therefore writes to him and asks for a divorce which compels the man to come back to France, only to see his wife’s new partner in his home beside his children.
First trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAiJqfsbwNoApril 23, 2013 at 6:18 pm #98354
Interesting, especially as it looks just as oriented towards family drama than the central couple and the divorce. Basically, something we could expect from Farhadi for his follow-up, but that might just be really good.April 23, 2013 at 8:33 pm #98355
Looks terrific. Can’t wait to see it. Plus Bejo is hot!April 23, 2013 at 8:47 pm #98356
It really is incredible how they to try their best to make her have that “average women” look, but she is still just so pretty in every shot. Gorgeous woman.April 23, 2013 at 9:34 pm #98357
It really is incredible how they to try their best to make her have that “average women” look, but she is still just so pretty in every shot. Gorgeous woman.
Agreed. I feel the same way about Emmy Rossum on ‘Shameless’. They constantly have her looking a mess, she still just looks beautiful.September 6, 2013 at 5:22 am #98358
“The Past” was absolutely phenomenal. Playing to a packed house of 1000+, the movie resonated with everyone in the audience.
It’s a dense, complex story (sound familiar?) that shares themes of divorce and misunderstanding with Asgar Farhadi’s previous masterpiece, “A Separation”. This movie will definitely be one of the five contenders for foreign language film, and it will certainly contend for the best original screenplay prize as well.
Berenice Bejo is better than words can explain. She is explosive and brimming with emotion in every shot — I liked the performance more than Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine”. I will be in the minority for that, though.
Her big problem in terms of winning lead actress is her screentime. Her on-screen ex has the most time, and she disappears for large stretches at a time. My friend thought that she could be campaigned in supporting (it wouldn’t even really be category fraud), and I believe she would beat Oprah there. It’s such a radical departure from “The Artist” to see Bejo yell and scream her lungs out.
All in all, predict this for foreign-language and original screenplay.. I give Bejo a 50/50 shot in getting nominated for lead actress and a 90% chance if she’s campaigned in supporting. Seek this movie out; it will be on many “best of the year” lists. It only trails “Before Midnight” for me — it’s that great.September 6, 2013 at 5:40 am #98359
The Past is right on the border of my best picture, actress, and director nominees. Well director i have in lik 10th or 11th placeSeptember 6, 2013 at 5:47 am #98360
She looks so young, its incredible.
I dont feel it is so interesting as A Separation, but we´ll see.September 6, 2013 at 7:46 am #98361
If she can go supporting she should – anyone that can should – lead is a bloodbath, and she has a Cannes win too, she could totally pick up a win at BAFTA over Oprah and that could be a boost for her.September 6, 2013 at 10:59 pm #98362
Since Cotillard won’t be a factor for The Immigrant this year, I’m totally hoping Bejo makes it in and The Past gets the Amour treatment.September 6, 2013 at 11:05 pm #98363
Since Cotillard won’t be a factor for The Immigrant this year, I’m totally hoping Bejo makes it in and The Past gets the Amour treatment.
By that I’m assuming you don’t mean that it was ignored and only given the token Best Foreign Film award, right?September 6, 2013 at 11:26 pm #98364
[quote=”Stardust”]Since Cotillard won’t be a factor for The Immigrant this year, I’m totally hoping Bejo makes it in and The Past gets the Amour treatment.
By that I’m assuming you don’t mean that it was ignored and only given the token Best Foreign Film award, right?[/quote]
I mean that it wasn’t ignored as it got an unexpected amount of nomations, in major categories. The Past ought to get the campaign/recognition Amour received is what I mean (it’s beyond me btw why only wins are considered notable recognition..Amour achieved something big last season, and Riva was lucky to get recognition, and I don’t mean that in a negative way; Cotillard could/should have gotten in, over Wallis imo, and I think in strong/competitive years, like this one, Riva might have a hard time getting in.. but that goes for all of last year’s nominees)September 6, 2013 at 11:32 pm #98365
Okay, okay. I see your point.September 13, 2013 at 2:59 pm #98366
I saw it and it’s close to “Separation” class but goes slightly too long when the initial established tension goes elsewhere to focus on events from the titular past, even though I still respect this complicated and complex plot. That’s the kind of cinema I want to watch as often as I can. Very strong ensemble, very worthy of SAG nod. I’m amazed how Farhadi was able to get those performances from children, especially boy impressed me very much. I’d love to see Bejo nominated at least for a Golden Globe but I’m not sure if she was the standout as everybody got their time to shine and create real, relatable people in situation when nobody is only good or only bad. I’m sorry but there’s no way she’s supporting in this movie – the story is hers and she is the glue that holds all main characters together. Her disappearances were all motivated and rather rare and short (plus even when she is absent, those characters on-screen usually talk about her). In my eyes an advantage over “Separation” lied in much clearer ending – still not obvious but pretty much suggested and therefore much more powerful. My major concern was the thought that this Iranian guy was father of both girls and it took me much too long to figure out if that’s really true.
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