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Asghar Farhadi’s The Past at Cannes

Two years ago Iranian film-maker Asghar Farhadi won an Oscar for his Tehran-set family drama A Separation.

Farhadi’s new film, The Past, is set in France and chronicles the return to Paris after a four-year absence of an Iranian man to meet his estranged wife, played by actress Bérénice Bejo of The Artist. He becomes temporarily enmeshed in her world, that of her daughter and the new man in her life.

It’s very developed storytelling of relationships under tension, says the BBC’s Tom Brook.

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