Reviews: The Past (2013)

pastReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Non c’è mai una verità sola, ma molte possibili, che faticosamente si fanno strada attraverso la messa in discussione delle proprie certezze. Persino le scelte individuali cadono il passo di fronte alla consapevolezza del ruolo altrui e del destino, che si diverte a giocare con le esistenze di tutti.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @
    • Excerpt: An Iranian film about the close encounter of a woman unlucky in love, her unhappy children, her ex-husband, and her new lover.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: There are so many twists and turns as one revelation after another reshapes the truth that “The Past” begins to feel contrived, like an art house soap opera.
  • [New – 5/1/14] | Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: El pasado se divide en dos partes. La primera llega a ser aburrida, porque no sabes muy bien cuál es el núcleo de la historia; la segunda es interesantísima y está llena de grandes momentos.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: An intense, engrossing melodrama that compassionately unravels the complex tapestry of contemporary family life.
  • Roderick Heath @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: The Past, from its title inward, notes that human character is the sum of its accumulated experiences rather than a free-floating entity, and by definition, therefore, the past cannot be left behind.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has a knack for extracting fervid passion from our everyday lives. His talent for constructing a fascinating tale from a deceptively simple scenario is nothing less than genius.
  • Travis Hopson @
  • Blake Howard @ Graffiti with Punctuation
    • Excerpt: The Past doesn’t have the thrilling tempo of Farhadi’s previous Oscar winning A Separation; but it’s as if you’re cemented into concrete boots and tossed into the chasm of consequence.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: A remarkably grounded French-Iranian drama about a broken family trying to mend; unexpectedly riveting, thanks in part to one of 2013’s best ensembles.
  • [New – 5/2/14] | Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
    • Excerpt: Though ultimatley less successful than Farhadi’s previous two films – both of which have better developed female characters – The Past is a great drama about the need for compassion, trust and understanding.
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: The Past, frankly, is an intriguing, well-acted, and immaculate bore.
  • Michael Pattison @ Grolsch Film Works
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: …plays like a long line of dominoes tumbling toward an unseen denouement. Each scene bangs into the other, exposing another hidden truth, altering the shape of all that came before.
  • Jonathan Richards @
    • Excerpt: Farhadi keeps us in thrall to the end, although by the final scene the plot succumbs to a sense of a melodramatic bridge too far.
  • Cole Smithey @
    • Excerpt: Asghar Farhadi’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning “A Separation,” is a melodramatic romantic mystery with dangling threads. That’s not a put-down.

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