Four years ago, Iranian Ahmad abandoned his wife Marie and their family in France and went back to Iran. The Past has him returning to complete the divorce. Marie has a new beau. Their life is complicated. The BF’s wife is in a coma, and his son hates living with Marie and her kids. And her kids aren’t real fond of him.
And no one is happy with Ahmad, whose presence disrupts an already dysfunctional family.
The only known star is Berenice Bejo, who shined in The Artist.
Writer/director Asghar Farhadi’s film is a dash over two hours. The soap opera flavor and the adding of plot elements toward the climax, make it seem even longer. However, like his Oscar-nominated A Separation from 2011, it gives us a fascinating and unique peek at a culture few of us see.