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Film review

‘The Past’ a bit long but packed with surprises

Bérénice Bejo plays Marie and Ali Mosaffa is Ahmad in the French film “The Past.” (Carole Bethuel/Sony Pictures Classics)
Bérénice Bejo plays Marie and Ali Mosaffa is Ahmad in the French film “The Past.” (Carole Bethuel/Sony Pictures Classics)
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“The Past” is a deliciously soapy French romantic mystery, a melodrama that gives that label a good name. It’s about divorce and the rippling waves of pain caused by it and the affair that precipitated it. And the more we learn about who did what to whom and when, the more intriguing it becomes. Ahmad, played by Iranian actor Ali Mosoffa, flies in to Paris and is met at the airport by Marie (Bérénice Bejo ...


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