Monday Night Film Series presents THE PAST-FR

Event Date(s):
March 10, 2014
07:30 PM - 09:30 PM

Event Details:

The Monday Night Film Series presents THE PAST on Monday March 10 at 7:30pm in Tilley 102.

Following his Academy Award–winning A Separation, director Asghar Farhadi returns with a film that is similar in theme and approach: a couple in conflict with children caught in the middle; attention to class; and a reliance on conversations to examine ethical dilemmas arising from the situation. The setting has been moved from Tehran to Paris—although, under Farhadi’s gaze, France has never looked so much like Iran. And the interchanges that defined his earlier film have become even more intricate and maze-like in The Past.

The story revolves around Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa), who travels to Paris from Tehran to finalize his divorce from his French wife, Marie (Bérénice Bejo; The Artist). Their beautifully depicted greeting at the airport gives way to constant bickering and disagreements, as Ahmad finds that life can never be entirely compartmentalized. No matter how much he tries to remain apart, events conspire to drag him into a series of new emotional involvements. As he discovers that his ex is about to remarry, and that her daughter vehemently objects to this new relationship, Ahmad is gradually drawn back into their lives. Farhadi places this tale of emotional failures and marital collapse against a very specific socio-economic background: the immigrant community struggling to get by in a foreign country.

Exquisitely written, the film is also distinguished by its note-perfect cast (Bejo’s performance won her the Best Actress award at this year’s Cannes). With The Past, Farhadi has proven once again that he is a master at exploring the rich nuances of feelings and words that pass between couples and their children. French with English subtitles.

This term, 13 limited release, independent foreign & Canadian films will be shown. Admission is $7/film, but a term $12 student film society membership reduces admission cost to $4/film. The series is open to all. Memberships are available at Tilley 102 every Monday night.

For further info, contact NB Film Co-op 455-1632

The NB Film Co-op in partnership with the UNB Faculty of Arts and the Toronto Film Festival presents the series.

Building: Tilley

Room Number: 102


Tony Merzetti
1 506 455-1632