Director: Asghar Farhadi. Cast: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa. 130 min. Rated PG-13. France/Italy. Drama/Mystery.
Unfortunately, anything Farhadi does from now on will be compared to his previous films, and in those terms, The Past doesn't live up to expectations. It still delves upon familiar Farhadi themes from both About Elly and A Separation: unhappy gray characters, telling lies for uncertain reasons, with the mystery remaining hidden to both the audience, and the director, till the very end (it's impossible to know the truth). Bejo commands the screen just due to her mere presence, almost glowing from the very first scene. But you never see the dynamic momentum that made Farhadi's prior works so enjoyable.