Le passé [The Past] (2013)

Le passé
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Writer: Asghar Farhadi
Cast: Ali Mosaffa, Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Pauline Burlet, Elyes Aguis, Jeanne Jestin, Sabrina Ouazani
Part of: Viennale

Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) just returned to France from Iran to finalize his divorce from Marie (Bérénice Bejo). What he doesn’t know is that Marie already lives with a new man, Samir (Tahar Rahim) and his son Fouad (Elyes Aguis), a realization with which he struggles a bit. But not as much as Marie’s oldest daughter Lucie (Pauline Burlet). Since Ahmad and Lucie get along very well, Marie asks him to discover what’s going on. Ahmad agrees and suddenly finds himself deeper in his ex-wife’s new life than he thought he would be.

Le passé starts off as a very well-made, very normal divorce story. It then descends into melodramatic depths, though, that only hurt the credibility of and my interest in the story.


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De l’autre côté du périph [On the Other Side of the Tracks] (2012)

De l’autre côté du périph
Director: David Charhon
Writer: David Charhon, Alexis Dolivet, Remy Four, Laurent Lafitte, Julien War
Cast: Omar Sy, Laurent Lafitte, Sabrina Ouazani, Lionel Abelanski, Youssef Hajdi

Ousmane (Omar Sy) is a cop in Bobigny, a rather poor suburb of Paris. He is trying to bust an illegal gaming ring which is attended by some pretty high up people. And then he stumbles on the body of the wife of one of Paris’ political leaders. The case actually belongs to François (Laurent Lafitte), a narcissistic careerist. But Ousmane doesn’t let go easily and talks himself into a partnership with François. And they both discover that things are way bigger than expected.

De l’autre côté du périph follows the trusted buddy cop movie formula pretty much to the letter, with the only difference being that it’s a French movie, so it’s a little more lax with nudity and there are people on strike.


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