The Past

The Past Information

The Past () is a 2013 French drama film directed by the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi and starring Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim and Ali Mosaffa. It was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. Bérénice Bejo also won the Best Actress Award. It is scheduled to be shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.


Coming back to accomplish the divorce procedure, Ahmad an Iranian man, arrives in Paris after four years to meet his ex-wife and her daughters from her previous marriage. He notices his ex is in a relationship with an Arab named Samir who also has a son and a wife in a coma. The relationship of the older daughter and her mother is in deterioration because the daughter thinks her mother is the cause of Samir's wife comatose state. The affairs get more complicated when the older daughter discloses something heinous she has done.


  • Bérénice Bejo as Marie Brisson
  • Tahar Rahim as Samir
  • Ali Mosaffa as Ahmad
  • Pauline Burlet as Lucie
  • Elyes Aguis as Fouad
  • Jeanne Jestin as Léa
  • Sabrina Ouazani as Naïma
  • Babak Karimi as Shahryar
  • Valeria Cavalli as Valeria
  • Eleonora Marino as Marie's colleague



Year Group Award Result
2013 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Awards
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
Palme d'Or

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