Positive Reactions Pour in for Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Past’ from Cannes Film Festival


The Past_Berenice BejoAfter delighting audiences and critics with his Oscar-winning drama A Separation (2011), Asghar Farhadi’s follow-up film The Past with Tahar Rahim and Berenice Bejo were on the top of many anticipated lists for the year.  As the film just played at the Cannes Film Festival, reactions started pouring in with very positive notices.

Judging by the initial reactions, Farhadi might find himself in Screenplay contention once more with possibilities for Picture, Director, and even Actress for Berenice Bejo, the Oscar-nominated actress from Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist (2011). The 41-year-old director (can you believe he’s only 41?) was nominated for Original Screenplay and won Foreign Language Film despite a poorly placed US release that many found problems with. Many believe, a Best Picture contender, the film could have been.

I’m intrigued.

Here are some Twitter Reactions:

Kevin Jagurnauth of The Playlist had this to say:

It’s an intricate narrative, with numerous relationships that are deeply layered and complex, and perhaps the strongest element Farhadi puts forth is through the script. This is a tremendously well written piece of work, with impressively developed characters, with scene after scene that further enriches and deepens our comprehension of the actions, yet never judges any of them. And it certainly helps that Farhadi gets quartet of excellent, pitch perfect performances.

On Berenice Bejo, he says:

While some may have had concerns about Berenice Bejo taking over from the originally cast Marion Cotillard, this role solidifies her as the real deal. She gives a totally different turn from “The Artist,” and arguably the toughest and most unsympathetic part of the film as Marie, who has to reconcile with her daughter, ex-husband and current beau. And Bejo finds all the right notes, in a unscrubbed, nicely toned performance.


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