Le Passé (The Past) Sunday, 22 September 2019

Le Passé (The Past)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Always catches up with you.

  • Starring:

    Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa, Pauline Burlet, Elyes Aguis, Jeanne Jestin, Sabrina Ouazani, Babak Karimi

  • Directed by:

    Asghar Farhadi

  • Running time:

    130 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), NR (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Children are slapped, wrestled, punished, yelled at. A man slaps a woman. Objects kicked. Attempted suicide, mother committed suicide mentioned. Arguing, yelling. Blood/gore: Cut hand, wound-dressing.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    None.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Taking pills mentioned (speculative). Smoking (including during pregnancy).

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-word, s-words, bastard. Name-calling. Marriage, teen, gender stereotypes. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Blended families, exes, pregnancy, divorce, secrets, repercussions, communication, imperfection, insecurity, victims, suicide, death, infidelity, revenge, bitterness, lies, accusations.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Ex-husband, comatose wife, job loss. Hospital setting. Estranged father, divorce, abortion, depression, paint allergy mentioned. French language (subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Stylish, tender, layered, honest, effective, heartbreaking, compelling, riveting, nuanced, complex, candid, touching, slow, patient, attentive, engrossing, sinewy, absorbing. Superbly acted, intricate characters, involving narrative, formalist direction, intense dialogue, brilliant cast, graceful pacing, unexpected plot turns.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Talk-heavy, hand-wringing. Slightly contrived, mopey tone, long running time.

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