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An Iranian man reunites with his estranged wife (Bérénice Bejo) in Paris to finalize their divorce, which is soon complicated by a shocking revelation by her daughter from a previous marriage. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"In the end, so much of The Past just doesn't have that crucial ring of truth to it. Disappointing and underwhelming."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"What a teller of domestic truths Asghar Farhadi has become."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"This slim and pretty terrific thriller may just prove to be the ultimate antidote to this summer's bloated superhero onslaught."
‑ Joanna Langfield, The Movie Minute
"The Past is clearly the work of a master dramatist, and precious few filmmakers in world cinema are currently operating at Farhadi's level."
‑ Philip Concannon, The Skinny
"This is an exquisitely made film which probes away at the rawest, most intimate emotions of its characters with a delicacy and insight reminiscent of Krzysztof Kieslowski in his prime."
‑ Derek Malcolm, Independent
"Farhadi has pulled off the dysfunctional family mystery trick twice now, brilliantly, and perhaps three times in a row would be too much. But it's doubtful he will leave behind the fertile ground of family ties and modern messiness. He sees so much there."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The Past is about people who wish they could erase what came before and just live in the now, but life doesn't let anyone off the hook that easily."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Farhadi's most thrilling gift, which seems innate and intuitive, is in demonstrating how figures move, are framed by frames, reflected by surfaces, going beyond elementary considerations, describing a vital mathematics of humans in motion."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"Farhadi finds his characters trapped, not by the constraints of an overbearing authority but by the spectre of the past."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"Farhadi uses grace and fluidity to tell a story in which no one is quite innocent."
‑ Paul Whittington, Irish Independent
""The Past" is long and occasionally feels slow - as real life sometimes does - but never false."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Farhadi proves again that he can craft a domestic drama that has all the tension of a thriller."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"While Farhadi's eye for detail is as unsparing as ever, his style this time around has begun to look formulaic."
‑ Ryan Gilbey, New Statesman
"With its sympathies forever shifting among its characters, the film asks whether the truth is ever even objectively knowable, let alone whether honesty is always the best policy."
‑ Laurence Phelan, Independent
"Farhadi weaves a very sticky web with more than a few ragged edges, but even if the characters (and more precisely, their actions) aren't easy to relate to, they are compelling."
‑ Stella Papamichael, Digital Spy
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