Already being touted as a contender for the Palme d'Or, Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi's follow-up to his Berlin Silver Bear-winning A Separation has impressed audiences at Cannes, where it was first screened just a few hours ago.
The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw declares the film 'intricate and often brilliant', with a 'bravura opening scene'. Berenice Bejo, who replaced Marion Cotillard in the lead role, has attracted a lot of praise, including from Kevin Jagernauth at The Playlist, writing that her performance here 'solidifies her as the real deal'. More good word for Bejo on Twitter, where Guy Lodge is glad of the re-casting; also on Twitter, Sasha Stone calls the film 'exceptional' and muses on the possibility of an Oscar nomination for Bejo, Craig Kennedy writes that The Past is a 'complex emotional symphony', and David Poland claims that Bejo's work puts her in 'the top tier of dramatic actresses'. Some issues abound with the third act, although Poland seems to have been most-impressed by this part of the film.